The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers

Chronicling the internet’s worst impulses can be depressing, and every remedy only seems to make things worse.

Paris Martineau – wired.com

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The Secret Rules of the Internet | The Verge

The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech.

…..current and former employees and contractors of major internet platforms from YouTube to Facebook who spoke to us candidly about the dawn of content moderation. Many of these individuals are going public with their experiences for the first time. Their stories reveal how the boundaries of free speech were drawn during a period of explosive growth for a high-stakes public domain, one that did not exist for most of human history. As law professor Jeffrey Rosen first said many years ago of Facebook, these platforms have “more power in determining who can speak and who can be heard around the globe than any Supreme Court justice, any king or any president.”

theverge.com: The secret rules of the internet | The Verge

About.com Rebrands Itself DotDash and Just Like That a Web Legend Dies | WIRED

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About.com didn’t die of natural causes. It was killed by its CEO despite still being profitable. The story of why it had to die in order for this new thing to be born tells you a lot about the way the internet has changed since its earliest days.

About.com Rebrands Itself DotDash and Just Like That a Web Legend Dies | WIRED

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