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Eli Pariser on his excitement for Upworthy, disappointment that the filter bubble isn’t popped

Eli Pariser on his excitement for Upworthy, disappointment that the filter bubble isn’t popped

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Who rules the Internet? These days it’s Upworthy, Eli Pariser’s socially-bent aggregator, which fills a gap in viral content where puppies used to sleep. The site’s sheer power on the Interwebs came quickly: In just two years, the site has come to fill the Facebook feeds of 5.4 million people. (So it’s no surprise that haters gonna headline-hate.) Upworthy is Pariser’s []

The internet, the perfect tool for the surveillance state? Further reading (and watching) on the state of digital privacy

The internet, the perfect tool for the surveillance state? Further reading (and watching) on the state of digital privacy

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“We already knew this.” “It’s necessary for the War on Terror.” “Other countries are doing it too.” “But I have nothing to hide.” These are the most common reasons people express for not feeling outrage over the revelations this year that the United States’ National Security Agency has been involved in widespread surveillance. In today’s []

Your weekend reading: Our mysterious Internet

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A look at what’s been going on in this mysterious web of ours the past few weeks: What…the…is this crazy-looking cocoon? Help the Internet figure it out! [New Scientist] Bruce Schneier‘s call to engineers and technologists to stand up and take back the Internet from the inside. [The Guardian] What can go wrong when secondary []

TED Radio Hour asks: “Why do we collaborate?”

TED Radio Hour asks: “Why do we collaborate?”

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This week’s TED Radio Hour examines “Why We Collaborate,” exploring why, and how, millions of people come together to work on online projects, sometimes for free. The episode begins with Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, who spoke at TEDGlobal 2005, back when the site was still very new. The incredible growth of Wikipedia since []

10 animals who’ve ruled the internet

10 animals who’ve ruled the internet

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“I make noises for a living, and on a good day it’s music,” says Peter Gabriel in today’s talk. “I work with a lot of musicians from around the world. Often, we don’t have any common language at all. But we sit behind our instruments and suddenly there’s a way to connect and emote.” This []

This July 4, protests against data surveillance

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Today, several US-based internet communities — including 4chan (watch Christopher “moot” Poole’s TED Talk), Mozilla (watch Gary Kovacs’ talk), Fark (Drew Curtis has given a TED Talk too), and Reddit (Alexis Ohanian has given a talk and created a TED playlist) — are rallying against NSA surveillance of the internet, as revealed by a whistleblower in June. Visit any of these sites []

The meaning of memes: An Xiao Mina at TEDGlobal 2013

The meaning of memes: An Xiao Mina at TEDGlobal 2013

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“This is what happens when you take the addictive power of an LOLcat and apply it in a ceonsorship state,” says An Xiao Mina, a writer, technologist and researcher who studies Chinese memes. On the TEDGlobal 2013 stage, she shares the moment that led her to this unusual specialty. Two years ago, China’s government imposed a []

Last night at TED headquarters: a salon on life hacks

Last night at TED headquarters: a salon on life hacks

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Last night in the TED office, we held a salon all about spring cleaning — for your life. Themed “A Better You,” the event featured four speakers with ideas on how to make a better, happier, more productive self. First to speak was The Power of Habit author Charles Duhigg, a reporter for The New York Times who []

Your weekend reading: Simple secure passwords, an invisible brain

Your weekend reading: Simple secure passwords, an invisible brain

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Some staff picks of smart, funny, bizarre and cool stuff on the interwebs this week: Super-duper useful mandatory homework: Get a secure password now. As xkcd explains, most people’s approach to secure passwords (a word bastardized with “random” capital letters and punctuation that’s difficult to remember) is wrong. Now go get yourself a good password. []

Vint Cerf: Actually, the Internet’s going to be just fine

Vint Cerf: Actually, the Internet’s going to be just fine

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One of the greatest privileges of co-curating TED isn’t just getting to work with incredible speakers, but also talking with those in the audience. Danny Hillis gave a sobering presentation, “The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B,” at TED2013, detailing his concern at the exponential growth of the Internet, and the need for []