The Guardian: Happy 25th year, blogging. You’ve grown up, but social media is still having a brawl

The Guardian: Happy 25th year, blogging. You’ve grown up, but social media is still having a brawl. “…the blogosphere met the three criteria for such a public sphere: universal access; rational debate (any topic could be raised by any participant); and the disregard of social rank. And as with the Usenet groups of the early, pre-web internet, it was full of vigorous and sometimes raucous discussion. But then along came social media, in the shape of Facebook (2004), YouTube (2005) and Twitter (2006) in particular.”

CNET: Tonic app wants to show you to the unexplored, nontoxic corners of the internet again

CNET: Tonic app wants to show you to the unexplored, nontoxic corners of the internet again . “Tonic is a new app with a radical approach to recommendations personalized for you: It doesn’t want to know who you are, make money off your interests, or hook you on using its app more and more. Instead, Tonic wants to recommend you five and only five things every day, like an article or photo essay.”

If govt fails to curb social media misuse, we’ll step in: SC (Times of India)

Times of India: If govt fails to curb social media misuse, we’ll step in: SC . “The Supreme Court on Friday sought to goad the Centre to check misuse of social media platforms for circulating fake news and rumours, saying it could step in to do what is required if there was no action by the executive. ”

Life in an Internet Shutdown: Crossing Borders for Email and Contraband SIM Cards (New York Times)

New York Times: Life in an Internet Shutdown: Crossing Borders for Email and Contraband SIM Cards. “The shutdowns do more than stunt the democratic process. They can batter whole economies and individual businesses, as well as drastically disrupt the daily life of ordinary citizens, turning the search for mobile service into a game of cat and mouse with the police and driving people across borders just to send emails for work.”

New York Times: I Visited 47 Sites. Hundreds of Trackers Followed Me.

New York Times: I Visited 47 Sites. Hundreds of Trackers Followed Me.. “Earlier this year, an editor working on The Times’s Privacy Project asked me whether I’d be interested in having all my digital activity tracked, examined in meticulous detail and then published — you know, for journalism. ‘Hahaha,’ I said, and then I think I made an ‘at least buy me dinner first’ joke, but it turned out he was serious. What could I say? I’m new here, I like to help, and, conveniently, I have nothing whatsoever at all to hide.”

Inverse: Can Hypergiant Actually Build Intergalactic Internet?

Inverse: Can Hypergiant Actually Build Intergalactic Internet?. “Hypergiant, a company better known for its A.I. software, has turned its attention to expanding the world’s largest computer network beyond the Earth. The moon, Mars, and beyond could get connected to all the musings and memes accessible on the world wide web, using a relay network of satellites that will also host an archive of human knowledge. It may sound like a rather pointless endeavor — who lives on the moon? — but that could soon change.”