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    Open Systems and Glass Ceilings

    The Disappearing Woman and Life on the InternetThis article originally appeared on TomDispatch.The Web is regularly hailed for its “openness” and that’s where the confusion begins, since “open” in no way means “equal.” While the Internet may create space for many voices, it also ...

    Wikipedia’s Balancing Act

     Wikipedia's standards have never been higher, but the site needs to attract a new generation of editors to survive.  Wikipedia’s launch was kind of an accident. Initially founder Jimmy Wales envisioned an online encyclopedia vetted and edited exclusively by experts—basically a free, ...

    Social Networking for a Better World

    The rise of corporate-owned social media raises many flags about our online security and the future of the digital commons. The solution, says theorist Michael Albert, is a different kind of network altogether.  In many ways, social media seem almost designed for activism. Efficient, ...

    Word Order: The Internet as the Toy With a Tin Ear

    This post originally appeared on TomDispatch.I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse. -- Emperor Charles VBut in which language does one speak to a machine, and what can be expected by way of response? The questions arise from the accelerating ...

    Free Content Isn't Free

    The practical and moral implications of erecting a paywall are not easy to untangle. So it’s no surprise that even the big important sources like the New York Times have gone back and forth. Back in September 2007, NYT announced that its entire print edition would be available online free of ...

    The Lazy Philanthropist

    This might be the easiest way to donate money, ever: Like a benevolent Google, the new search engine Charity Search lets you scour the web while effortlessly contributing money to worthy causes. With each search, the engine donates one cent to their charity of the month.According to the site, ...

    How to Preserve Your Virtual Soul

    As more of our lives appear online, it’s only natural that our deaths will soon unfold there, too. Utne Reader wrote about the online afterlife in the March-April issue, and in “Digital Death” Chris Faraone covers the topic for the Colorado Springs Independent. “I don’t care about my ...

    Privacy R.I.P.

    As reporter Mike Miliard points out in “You are Being Watched,” most recently published by the Sacramento News & Review, those vested in online privacy have been “drawn to a battle between two conflicting notions—and the winner of that battle may determine what kind of Internet ...

    The Suicide of Print Journalism

    The argument goes like this: the Internet came along and started giving everything away for free and those ink-stained wretches grinding away to put out that daily paper that showed up on your doorstep each morning—that product for which you paid good money—just couldn’t be expected to ...

    Might As Well Face It, You’re Addicted to…the Internet?

    Do you only socialize online? Do the words “community building” bring to mind Second Life? Do you update your Facebook status while you shave?Well, no need to worry, because now there’s a place for you.As Greg Beato reports in Reason, reSTART, a “five-acre haven in the woods near ...

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