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Since the Talk

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

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

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 […]

Global Issues

Drones to deliver medicine and food? Drones for disaster relief? 6 ways a physical internet could do goodDrones to deliver medicine and food? Drones for disaster relief? 6 ways a physical internet could do good

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Andreas Raptopoulos and his colleagues at Matternet are attempting to create a network of drones that operate like the internet, only for tangible objects. This company — which sprung out of an idea surfaced at Singularity University in 2011 — aims to deliver items wherever they are needed, even if no usable roads go there. […]

Technology

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

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“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 […]

News

Your weekend reading: Our mysterious Internet

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

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 […]

Technology

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

Posted By Emmie Le Marchand

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 […]

Technology

10 animals who’ve ruled the internet10 animals who’ve ruled the internet

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“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 […]

Technology

This July 4, protests against data surveillance

Posted By Emily McManus

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 […]

Culture

Last night at TED headquarters: a salon on life hacksLast night at TED headquarters: a salon on life hacks

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

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 […]

News

Your weekend reading: Simple secure passwords, an invisible brainYour weekend reading: Simple secure passwords, an invisible brain

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

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. […]

TED2013

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

Posted By June Cohen

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 […]