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How the CIA made Google

Nafeez Ahmed writes for INSURE INTELLIGENCE/Medium:

‘[…] As our governments push to increase their powers, INSURGE INTELLIGENCE can now reveal the vast extent to which the US intelligence community is implicated in nurturing the web platforms we know today, for the precise purpose of utilizing the technology as a mechanism to fight global ‘information war’ — a war to legitimize the power of the few over the rest of us. 120 more words


Jon Ronson in Conversation with Adam Curtis

Jon Ronson recently interviewed Adam Curtis for VICE:

‘I’ve known Adam Curtis for nearly 20 years. We’re friends. We see movies together, and once even went to Romania on a mini-break to attend an auction of Nicolae Ceausescu’s belongings. 291 more words

Science & Technology


I told here the story of W. E. Opencomb, a nom de plume for a set of ten mathematicians (including me) at a research week at the Open University. 580 more words

The Web

56% of online display ads are not seen by consumers, according to Google study

Jessica Davies reports for The Drum:

‘More than half (56.1 per cent) of online display ad impressions are not seen by consumers, according to Google’s first global viewability report unveiled following a series of trials with advertisers. 76 more words


Facebook, 1995

Readers of a certain age will remember this AOL commercial from the mid-90s:

Now what if someone imagined this same commercial only with Facebook as the service? 14 more words


4Chan Founder Christopher 'moot' Poole Steps Down As Site Administrator

Say what you want about 4Chan and its content, but you can’t deny the impact it’s had on the web and web culture as a whole. 223 more words

Web Culture