The stories in that series examined Internet-fueled intolerance. Our reporters explored, for example, what happens when online hate speech crosses into real life, the ways neo-Nazis use social media and how racists co-opted cartoon character, Pepe the Frog. Some of CNET's female reporters shared their own experiences of being harassed online. The timing of the package -- "iHate: Intolerance takes over the internet" -- was uncanny. As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, America slid into a Summer of Hate. People threatened places of worship, defaced cemeteries and intimidated others because of the way they look or dress. And a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, heavily promoted on extremist websites, left three people dead. The web's role in recruiting people to hateful, extremist organizations is back in the spotlight after The New York Times profiled a young neo-Nazi in Ohio. The story portrayed the man's decidedly ordinary life … [Read more...] about Here’s the brutal reality of online hate
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Harvey Weinstein just went from most powerful man in Hollywood to punching bag -- and while he deserved this, perhaps greater attention should go toward taking aggressive measures to prevent future Weinsteins -- and there will be future Weinsteins.We need to stop acting surprised when this stuff comes out and instead take stronger steps to prevent this kind of thing in the future. Given how widely known this behavior evidently was, it is hard not to argue that Weinstein's board also may be responsible, something I expect few other boards will miss.While we lament the increasing loss of privacy that comes with technological advances, there is a decent chance that future predators can be identified early in their careers and either trained to refrain from this behavior, become unemployable, or be institutionalized far more rapidly.In short, some of the future technology that may seem scary also could make a lot of people substantially safer.I'll focus on what didn't work with Weinstein, … [Read more...] about OPINION Fighting Off the Harvey Weinsteins of the World Through Technology
Is Sarah Sharp a Social Justice Warrior?Linux kernel developer Sarah Sharp quit recently after leveling charges of sexism and homophobia against the Linux kernel community. She explained her reasoning in a long post on her blog, but some Slashdot readers later exposed her use of a blocklist on Twitter and SJW tactics in some of her interactions with other developers.Sarah Sharp explains why she left Linux kernel development:Given the choice, I would never send another patch, bug report, or suggestion to a Linux kernel mailing list again. My personal boxes have oopsed with recent kernels, and I ignore it. My current work on userspace graphics enabling may require me to send an occasional quirks kernel patch, but I know I will spend at least a day dreading the potential toxic background radiation of interacting with the kernel community before I send anything.I am no longer a part of the Linux kernel community.This came about after a very long period of thought, and a lot of succession … [Read more...] about Linux: Is Sarah Sharp a Social Justice Warrior?
The advent of the Internet—and the virtual landscape that came as a result—is considered by many to be among the greatest technological advances in history, and the Web is constantly praised for its ability to provide surfers with instant, real-time information and services, among other boons. But what are not so often talked about are the Internet’s negative effects on individuals.A recent Stanford University School of Medicine study attempts to change that by bringing attention to the concept of Internet addiction, according to an Oct. 17 press release posted on BusinessWire.com, and the researchers’ findings suggest the issue is worthy of further examination.The telephone-based study of 2,513 adult Americans appears in the October issue of CNS Spectrums: The International Journal of Neuropsychiatric Medicine, and lead author Elias Aboujaoude, MD, said it is the first large-scale, random-sample epidemiological study ever performed on the subject of … [Read more...] about Study: 14% of Americans Could Have Internet Addiction
Those photos of Jessica Alba may be murder on your PC. That Google search result that looks as if it answers all your questions may do nothing but create a serious tech headache. The fun you had watching that hilarious video you downloaded may not be worth the misery it can cause your system.You've been warned that the Internet is something of a security minefield--that it's easy to get in trouble. You can do everything you can think of to protect yourself and still be taken by a malware infection, a phishing scam, or an invasion of online privacy. We'd like to provide a little help. Here are some of the hazards you may encounter, how dangerous they are, and what you can do to stay out of harm's way.Slideshow: Quiz: Separate Cyber Security Fact From Fiction Slideshow: Quiz: Do You Know IT Security?Not all Web dangers are created equal. Thankfully, our friends at the Department of Homeland Security have made our work of classifying Web threats a little easier. Will you get … [Read more...] about The 17 Most Dangerous Places on the Web
Last week, I was doing some research about my upcoming trip to Tanzania. I was browsing the web, looking for good deals on trip packages, reading feedback and comments from people who went on a similar trip, checking prerequisites (shots, visas) —-basically general research anyone would do when going on a trip to a place where they've never been, or looking to buy a new product and trying to choose from the selections.Later that week I was checking my Gmail account, and, what do you know? The news ticker above the email showed me: NYT Travel — Next Stop: Off Tanzania, Serene Mafia Island. Obviously the article was targeted specifically to me, based upon my research over the few previous days, and it did provide me with some new information. But, is it a valuable service that companies provide, or an invasion of privacy — an abuse of the collected data that was never meant to be public?Over the past few years, the issue of online privacy has become more acute. With the … [Read more...] about Is ad personalization a threat to privacy?
Imagine how different the computing world would be if IBM had used proprietary chips in the original PC, rather than off-the-shelfcomponents. The PC clone market would never have happened, and IBM, rather than Microsoft, might have emerged as the leadingcompany of the computer revolution.Or if Steve Jobs had never taken his fateful tour of Xerox PARC? Had he not seen PARC's GUI in action he might never havecreated the Macintosh. And then where would Windows be today?MORE ON CIO.COMIT Cure Eight Years in the MakingThe Mess at ACS: A Time LineTop 10 Green OutsourcersIn every industry there are key milestones that mark a change in the course of history, and the fast-moving technology fieldhas more than its share. Presented here are 15 turning points that shaped the computing world as we know it today, includingsome that still continue to influence its direction for years to come.Apple's NeXT MoveIn the late 1990s, Apple was in bad shape. Its image was tarnished, its market share was … [Read more...] about 15 Turning Points in Tech History
The world of IT is filled with interesting characters. System administrators are human just like the rest of us, and some have such standout personalities that we remember them for a long time. Here is a humorous look at 10 types of sys admins you may encounter in the wild. You might even find yourself on the list. Note: This article is also available as a PDF download.We all know that IT departments require caffeine as a critical resource. It's right up there with electricity and paychecks in terms of getting things done. But a few system administrators take this a bit too far. They drink so much coffee they're constantly changing from an unstoppable ball of energy to a morose sack of caffeine withdrawal. This type is easily spotted by the innumerable brown stains on their shirts (soda or coffee) and their wild, bloodshot eyes.Ever meet the administrator who acts as if the company is the enemy instead of the employer? I know I've met a few. These admins treat the spare parts shelf as … [Read more...] about 10 types of system administrators you’ll encounter in the field
Anne Rice is no stranger to criticism. Perhaps that's why the author defended E.L. James's bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey after a Twitter chat went horribly wrong. However, replies to critics of her latest updated fan page rule shows the author may be facing another storm again. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock Earlier this week, James attempted a Twitter chat under the hashtag #AskELJames. Fifty Shades of Grey and the sequels’ erotic theme has faced a lot of feedback, often negative, even while selling out and being turned into a trilogy of movies. When Twitter users responded with many derailing—and sometimes abusive—questions, many authors defended the British writer.After all, it's no fun being on the bottom of the pile.But Anne Rice apparently took another approach entirely. Known for writing The Sleeping Beauty series, a dark erotica trilogy about what happened after the Price woke the Princess, the author created a divisive … [Read more...] about Anne Rice Uses ‘lynching’, Dismisses History Over E.L. James And Bullies
Adam Steinbaugh’s full time time job is working as a law clerk for a solo practitioner in Los Angeles. What he’s passionate about is his weird side hobby: revenge porn vigilantism. In the last year and a half, he has spent hundreds of hours tracking down the identities of the people– who inevitably turn out to be men — running “revenge porn websites,” where naked photos that were meant for just one loved one suddenly go on public exhibition, often exposing the person’s name, contact information and Facebook profile along with their private parts. On his blog, Steinbaugh has helped exposed the “white-hat hacker” cum porn star behind Texxxan, the dubious dynamic duo behind YouGotPosted, and the Oklahoman drummer behind WinByState; he is currently hunting down the owners of other such sites, many with names that I can’t print here at Forbes. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock “I was really pissed … [Read more...] about Meet The Guy Hunts Down The Men Behind Revenge Porn Websites