Blessed With Technology: Government Worms

(CNN) — The recently discovered Flame virus bears all the hallmarks of a cyberattack concocted by a nation-state. It’s big and complex and pointed directly at a geopolitical hot zone, Iran. What really gives it away as a government project is the extent to which its programmers sought to keep it out of civilian hands. The malware seems […]   read more »

Child Porn is a Poor Basis for Net Policy

(CNN) — Underage sex trafficking is an awful thing, on that we can all agree. But the growing clamor by individual U.S. states for the shutdown of Village Voice Media’s web-based advertising site, Backpage.com, is panicky, scattershot, legally suspect and potentially just as dangerous. Backpage.com is a personals website with a special “adult” section containing […]   read more »

CNN: State ban on sex listings is a dangerous move

If you go to Backpage.com, you’ll find sexual advertisements such as these. (CNN) — Underage sex trafficking is an awful thing, on that we can all agree. But the growing clamor by individual U.S. states for the shutdown of Village Voice Media’s web-based advertising site, Backpage.com, is panicky, scattershot, legally suspect and potentially just as dangerous. […]   read more »

CNN: The cyberwar may be headed to your computer

Much of the Flame virus code is simply camouflage — 3,000 lines of programming that make it hard to understand. (CNN) — The recently discovered Flame virus bears all the hallmarks of a cyberattack concocted by a nation-state. It’s big and complex and pointed directly at a geopolitical hot zone, Iran. What really gives it away as a […]   read more »

CNN: The IPO that Swallowed Facebook

Facebook advocates are touting the company’s initial public offering this week — the biggest ever for an Internet company– as if it will save the net, the economy and the American way. Its detractors see the final chapter in the rise and fall of a smart but solipsistic Harvard dropout, and predict the inevitable decline […]   read more »

CNN: Why Reining in Google is Good for Us

Google is in the cross hairs as the Federal Trade Commission and European Commission are challenging the firm’s monopoly. (CNN) — I don’t like feeling stuck in a particular operating system, social network or piece of software. It’s not that I won’t commit to a product or company — it’s that I don’t trust any of […]   read more »

Technology, Art, and Why the Future of Branding is Nonfiction

Via Fast Company. Ahead of his appearance at the art/tech event, Rhizome Seven on Seven, Douglas Rushkoff talks to us about the changing role of artists and technologists and how brands can no longer be abstract. By Jim Hanas Author and futurist Douglas Rushkoff–in his books or, in this case, via Skype–is frequently the voice […]   read more »

CULTUREPOP: DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF

DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF, PH.D., is a world-renowned media theorist whose twelve books, including Life Inc and Pro­gram or Be Programmed, have won prestigious awards and have been translated into thirty languages....   read more »

CNN: The New Whistleblowers

Back when I was a kid, they were called “whistle-blowers”: employees of corrupt companies or government agencies, who went to the press with shocking stories of criminality or abuse. Daniel Ellsberg risked his life to leak the Pentagon Papers, which destroyed public support for the Vietnam War. Plutonium pellet maker Karen Silkwood was exposing malfeasance […]   read more »

CNN: A New Role for the One Percent

(CNN) — A whole lot of us are stuck with credit-card debt that goes up each month, mortgages worth more than our homes and student loans that extend into infinity. So it’s only natural that we look at the debt crisis from the bottom up: from the perspective of the 99% who are getting screwed. But […]   read more »