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We are a worldwide social network of freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists.



An internet group about The Internet.

The internet is both a telecommunication medium and a culture. We have embraced it because of its immediacy, its pervasiveness and its usefulness.

Even though for most of us its workings is equivalent to magic and it's enough to know that it's very 'complicated and technical,' it has become an intricate part of our life.

Let's talk about this.

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The Internet

This is a partial portrait of the Internet. Imagine that at the tip of each branch there is one or multiple human brains operating and that each one of these terminals can be instantly connected to any other, anywhere.

If we could map this image to the surface of the Earth it would make it even more obvious that this network of networks is like a new organ that has been grafted onto the biosphere.

Partial map of the Internet based on the January 15, 2005 data found on Each line is drawn between two nodes, representing two IP addresses. The length of the lines are indicative of the delay between those two nodes. This graph represents less than 30% of the Class C networks reachable by the data collection program in early 2005. Lines are color-coded according to their corresponding RFC 1918 allocation as follows:

Dark blue: net, ca, us
Green: com, org
Red: mil, gov, edu
Yellow: jp, cn, tw, au, de
Magenta: uk, it, pl, fr
Gold: br, kr, nl
White: unknown

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The NSA may have won a round but are losing the war!

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Oct 13, 2013. 1 Reply

THE CORE INTERNET INSTITUTIONS ABANDON THE US GOVERNMENTIn Montevideo, Uruguay this week, the Directors of all the major Internet organizations – ICANN, the Internet Engineering Task Force, the…Continue

Tags: China, internet, governance, Brazil, Russia

So you think the cloud is Safe?

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Sep 26, 2013. 12 Replies

In the digital age, your files and memories are not truly yours any more. They belong to the cloudKYLE GOODWIN wants his stuff back. One day, he decided to set up a company in Ohio to …Continue

Tags: data, storage, computing, Cloud


Started by Doone. Last reply by Neal Sep 5, 2013. 2 Replies

ARE WE SMARTER YET? HOW COLLEGES ARE MISUSING THE INTERNETby Akim ReinhardtWe should all probably be a lot smarter…Continue


Wearable computers challenge human rights

Started by Davy Jul 24, 2013. 0 Replies

The thoughtless adoption of new technologies seduces us into providing more of our personal selves without any concerns for the protection of our personal data, argues Katina Michael an associate…Continue

Tags: sensors, information, technology, computers, rights

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Comment by Chris on December 26, 2012 at 9:54pm

I got my first internet account in 1993, before http, or Mosaic from a state agency because commercial internet service providers weren't available in the rural area I lived in. Their service was great. One of the things I particularly liked was that as part of the basic package subscribers were given web sites. As far as I know no private ISP's provide web sites with their basic service. I can have 6 email addresses with something like a total of 120 MB of storage, yet have to pay extra to host even the smallest of internet pages. Congress did a terrible job writing the rules by not requiring web hosting with their basic packages. Doing that would save a lot of server space.  I suppose by having consumers post pictures on commercial sites for example they become open source which benefits commercial interests. Are ISP's covered under Public Utility Committee regulations, or is it a free for all? The service is terrible. Just last week AT&T finally repaired a wet cable that was causing intermittent dropouts and speed problems since I subscribed to the account in February. At least 12 inside technicians came out to my house. All of the inside equipment was replaced numerous times. What a waste and needless cause of e-waste. They blamed the problem on my house wiring, saying that the hot and neutral wires were swapped. Fortunately I was able to check that myself and they were wired correctly. Finally after a lot of complaints they finally sent outside technicians out several times. Each time they found more problems beginning with bad splices and ending with an inside cable that was outside and wet causing intermittent grounds. Two outside techs ago, the guy who spliced out the wet cable said he saw another wet cable. The last outside guy who came out didn't see the wet cable the previous guy saw. The last guy who came out and said there were no more outside wiring problems was only able to get 8.26 MBs download speed. My account is for 18 MBs - so it still isn't working as it should. After I get the computer I normally used back from the shop that is replacing some bad IC's on the mother board I'll do some more testing and might try cable internet. I'd like to know how happy others are with their cable internet service.

Comment by Neal on December 26, 2012 at 4:35pm

In the early 90's I was on GEnie playing an air traffic control game using my modem that had a cradle for the phone. Fucking amazing.

Comment by Michel on December 26, 2012 at 4:15pm

Even the Zuckerbergs find Facebook privacy confusing

Even the Zuckerbergs don’t quite understand Facebook’s ever-changing privacy settings.

Mark Zuckerberg’s sister Randi found that out the hard way after one of her private Facebook pictures ended up on another website, The Atlantic Wire reported.

The former head of marketing for Facebook and the executive producer for Bravo’s Silicon Valley took VoxMedia marketing and projects director Callie Schweitzer to task after she posted a candid photo of Zuckerberg’s family reacting  to Facebook’s new Poke app to her public Twitter feed.

In a now-deleted tweet, Schweitzer posted the photo with the caption, “.@randizuckerberg demonstrates her family’s response to poke. #GAH.”


Photo via Topsy

Zuckerberg didn’t like her personal photos going around the Internet, so she quickly got snappy with Schweitzer on—what else?—Twitter.

“@cschweitz not sure where you got this photo. I posted it to friends only on FB. You reposting it to Twitter is way uncool,” Zuckerberg wrote in a tweet she has since deleted.

Schweitzer explained that it was an accident and that she thought the photo was public. Some grade-A snooping from Zuckerberg revealed the reason that Schweitzer was able to see the photo despite it being marked friends-only (as well as a flaw in Facebook’s privacy settings): Schweitzer is Facebook friends with Zuckerberg’s sister, and saw the post because her sister was also tagged in the Poke reaction photo.

The Atlantic Wire explains that the friends-only setting is not enough to hide photos from other prying eyes. The standard setting is that friends of friends tagged can also see the photos unless you change the setting on the actual album in which the photos are located.

Schweitzer deleted the tweet and photograph at the request of Zuckerberg but requested that the Facebook founder’s sister make it public so that more people could see and enjoy the photo.

“@randizuckerberg fwiw, i thought the photo was incredibly endearing which is why I liked it. We never see humans on the Internet!” Schweitzer tweeted.

Zuckerberg has yet to respond to Schweitzer on Twitter, but she did post a passive-aggressive message for her followers to note, leaving many who missed the previous conversation to wonder what happened.

“Digital etiquette: always ask permission before posting a friend’s photo publicly. It’s not about privacy settings, it’s about human decency,” Zuckerberg tweeted.


Comment by Michel on December 26, 2012 at 3:59pm

While you were celebrating Christmas, the Internet turned 22

Shame on us. We were so busy giving gifts and pigging out on Christmas day, we completely forgot that December 25 is the birthday of something glorious, magnificent, and wonderful for all mankind.

We’re talking, of course, about the Internet. On Dec. 25, 1990, a British physicist, computer scientist, and all-around genius named Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, with help from Robert Cailliau and a then-student at CERN, arranged for the very first successful Internet communication between a server and a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client.

The infant Internet grew rapidly into toddlerhood. By June 1993 the World Wide Web had a whopping 130 websites. A year later, that number grew to 2,738, and by January 1997, shortly after its seventh birthday, the Internet sported an estimated 650,000 websites (most of which were 100% 8-bit porn ads).

Now the Internet is 22 years and one day old, which everyone knows is the age of maximum hotness. In remembrance of the occasion, email loved ones your favorite holiday GIF, meme, subreddit, or Tumblr. When they criticize you for being a day late, look confused and mutter something about server or spam-filter problems.

Here in the age of the Internet, using that excuse is just one of the many advantages you enjoy.


Comment by Michel on December 25, 2012 at 11:45am

If you want to seriously augment your webliteracy, check-out this Wikipedia page I stumbled upon.

Comment by Adriana on December 25, 2012 at 10:05am

Now i know why I couldn't stream Netflix last night. Thanks for posting those Daily Dot articles, Michel!

Comment by Neal on December 24, 2012 at 8:46pm

I wouldn't think spiritual content is why followers retweet his assholiness's tweets, it's because they're not bright enough to come up with something original. 

Comment by Michel on December 24, 2012 at 1:41pm

Vatican says pope beats Justin Bieber on re-tweets

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, white-haired, 85, and a neophyte to social media site Twitter, has beaten out 18-year old heartthrob Justin Bieber to set a percentage record for re-tweeting by his followers, the Vatican said on Thursday.

The Vatican newspaper said that as of noon Italian time on Thursday the pope had 2.1 million followers on Twitter, eight days after his first tweet was sent.

While Canadian singer-songwriter Bieber has roughly 15 times as many followers - 31.7 million - the Vatican newspaper said Benedict had beaten Bieber on re-tweets.

It said about 50 percent of the pope's followers had re-tweeted his first tweet on December 12 while only 0.7 percent of Bieber's followers had re-tweeted one of the singer's most popular tweets on September 26, when he commented on the death by cancer of a six-year-old fan.

The Vatican said this was part of a wider trend in which people were looking for more spiritual content.

The pope already tweets in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Arabic. The newspaper said he will start tweeting in Latin and Chinese soon.

(Reporting By Philip Pullella, editing by Paul Casciato)


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