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All things pertaining to digital technology. But in a world like ours, what isn't.

Counterarguments to Anti-Net Neutrality Talking Points

Net Neutrality is necessary for a free, open, and uncensored Internet. Still, Net Neutrality finds itself under attack. Below is a series of arguments against Net Neutrality created by Reddit user /u/renegade_division paired with rebuttals. /u/renegade_division's argument has been edited for concision and clarity. "Two »

Net Neutrality: the Facts, Statistics, and Rebuttals

Like most political movements in the twenty-first century, the fight for Net Neutrality is taking place on Twitter. Before embarking on an online crusade of Tweets to save Net Neutrality, though, one needs to arm oneself with the facts, statistics, and rebuttals necessary to be an effective proponent of the »

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A Quantitative Measure of Partisan Periphery

How does one go about creating a quantitative measure of legislative partisan periphery? This is a challenge I face in the DroneScout project, as we try to determine the determinants of Congressional oversight on drones—and whether partisan periphery is one of them. For a concept as elusive and subjective »

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Snapchat: a New Idea, an Old Concern

Before Snapchat became the nearly universal communication platform for digital natives, it was an app which promised friends—but more often lovers—a seemingly private environment in which they could communicate intimately. In more crude terms, sexting. The allure of the app was its disappearing messages feature, which ensured that »

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Social Media, Misunderstood

Since its inception, social media—and particularly how it shapes and is used by digital natives—has been a topic of interest for academics, parents, and educators alike. As a member of the selfie-taking, Snapchat-sending, and Facebook-consuming generation, however, I often find myself disagreeing with the conclusions drawn by these »

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Net Neutrality Is Under Attack (Again)

The internet has assumed a central role in today's world, facilitating the global spread of knowledge, entertainment, and commerce. In many ways, the internet is the epitome of the free market: the cost of entry is little to nothing, and any Internet user—provided their connection isn't censored by their »

Misconceptions of the Digital Generation

What follows is an unreleased and discarded excerpt from a book about how digital natives—defined loosely as the generation which was born with instant digital communication—interact with social media, and how these interactions are misunderstood by adults. It is not meant to be read as a complete or »

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All These Cyberattacks Could Have Been Stopped

Less than a month after much of the United States' digital arsenal was leaked, the vulnerabilities are resurfacing as malware. This could—and should—have been stopped. Starting Friday, a ransomware attack known as "WannaCry" has infected computers in over 99 countries, targeting both critical infrastructure and standard »

Signal is Not a Magic Solution to Privacy

Signal is considered the gold standard in mobile encrypted messaging by governments and dissidents alike. The app, which is completely open-source, allows its users to securely text, call, and videochat each other. Signal has become ubiquitous among privacy enthusiasts and journalists, and derives much of its popularity from its frequent »

Facebook Isn't Opt-In

For as long as I've known the internet, I've tried to restrain myself from creating a Facebook account. I was successful until recently, when I needed to make an account in order to run a Facebook ad. I avoided Facebook on principle: I did not want to contribute my information »