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YouTube star wins damages in landmark UK 'revenge porn' case

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 17, 2018 5000

Chrissy Chambers brought civil case after ex-boyfriend posted videos of them having sex online

Revenge pornography’: follow Chrissy Chambers’ search for justice

A YouTube celebrity has won unprecedented damages against her ex-boyfriend after he admitted uploading “revenge pornography” videos of her to the internet.

In the first civil case of its kind to be brought in England and Wales, 26-year-old Chrissy Chambers sued her former partner for harassment, breach of confidence and misuse of private information, after learning that the Crown Prosecution Service would not bring criminal charges against him.

Do we want Alexa to have an opinion over what we should watch?

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 16, 2018 4760

Amazon’s Fire Stick might be getting a new feature that could turn a helpful presence into a slightly judgmental one with opinions on what films and shows to play next

More and more, I’m starting to miss video stores. I miss the stakes of having to physically travel to a different location in order to choose a film. I miss being aggressively upsold ice cream on every visit. But most of all, I miss running the gauntlet of the video store clerks.


Milkshake ​​duck announced as Macquarie Dictionary’s word of the year

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 14, 2018 4288

Racist milkshake drinking duck has come to define a particular thread of the internet’s collective fickleness

Finally, justice for milkshake duck.

The racist milkshake drinking duck which has come to define a particular thread of the internet’s collective fickleness was announced as the Macquarie Dictionary’s word of the year for 2017 on Monday.

The whole internet loves Milkshake Duck, a lovely duck that drinks milkshakes! *5 seconds later* We regret to inform you the duck is racist


The future of computer processing? Slow but safe | John Naughton

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 13, 2018 4071

The Meltdown and Spectre security flaws exposed the vulnerability of our networked world – and the only feasible fix will be at the expense of speed

I ran into my favourite technophobe the other day. “I see,” he chortled, “that your tech industry (he holds me responsible for everything that is wrong with the modern world) is in meltdown!” The annoying thing is that he was partly right. What has happened is that two major security vulnerabilities – one of them has been christened

Inside Britain’s meme factory

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 14, 2018 4066

If you think things go viral on the internet by luck, think again: there’s an industry gaming the system and Manchester’s Social Chain is leading the way

On a high wall in the corner of Social Chain’s Manchester office, with a look of serene exasperation, Jesus Christ looks down on the sea of millennials and Generation Zedders (or whatever the dominant term is for the under-20s this month) tapping out tweets and social media stories. The mural, which stretches across the width of the office, is a riff on Leonardo’s The Last Supper.

How my holiday was tarnished by trolling and saved by spam | Brigid Delaney's diary

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 10, 2018 3019

One tweet about about race-based moral panic sent the trolls into overdrive. But it was a message about a video of me that really sent me into a spin

It started last week with a tweet about the Apex “gang”.

Hmm, I’ve seen this before, I thought, as I watched a couple of Liberal party press conferences. Wasn’t there the same sort of panic in the early 2000s with “Lebanese gangs”? And before that “Vietnamese crime gangs”? Could this be a racially-based moral panic?


Akubra girl ‘Dolly’ Amy Everett’s father launches anti-bullying campaign after daughter’s suicide

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 10, 2018 3009

Tick Everett says 14-year-old was subjected to ‘constant bullying and harassment’ and felt she had no other option

The suicide of “Dolly” Amy Jayne Everett, the face of Akubra, has sparked a campaign to end cyberbullying, as her family prepare to farewell the 14-year-old in a commemoration ceremony in the Northern Territory.

Her father, Tick Everett, described his grief on social media this week, saying his beloved daughter felt she had no other option.


Jeff Bezos: where the $106bn man belongs on the all-time rich list

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 10, 2018 3001

Ten days into 2018, Bezos, who is a thorn in the side of Donald Trump, sees his personal wealth soar by $6bn

Just 10 days into 2018 and Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and a thorn in the side of Donald Trump, has seen his personal wealth soar by $6bn (£4.4bn).

The man at the helm of the sprawling online empire – which accounted for an extraordinary 89% of online Christmas trading at big US retailers – Bezos is now

Man accused of fatal Kansas 'swatting' hoax charged in Canada over similar call

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 10, 2018 2994

Calgary police charge Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, over another ‘swatting’ incident in which a bogus emergency call is made to deploy a tactical team to victim’s home

A Los Angeles man accused of making a hoax 911 call that led to a fatal police shooting in Kansas is now suspected of making a similar call days earlier in Canada.

Police in Calgary

You can say what you like on Twitter – as long as you’re US president | Christian Christensen

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 10, 2018 2762

Is the social media company so relaxed about Trump’s tweets – even when he threatens nuclear war – because it gains so much from them?

What does it take to get kicked off of Twitter, even for just one day? How about issuing – to 46 million followers – a threat of nuclear holocaust against a sovereign state that will claim an untold number of lives? Not even that if you are an elected leader, it seems.