The 1996 Law That Ruined the Internet

Why I changed my mind about Section 230.6:30 AM ETSteve Randy WaldmanSoftware developer and economics commentator In the United States, you are free to speak, but you are not free of responsibility for what you say. If your speech is defamatory, you can be sued. If you are a publisher, you can be sued for […]


Who controls the internet?

Updated / Thursday, 12 Nov 2020 10:36 More fromUCC Opinion: regulation of the internet is something too important to be left to armchair experts and large companies By Stephen McCarthy, Carolanne Mahony and Wendy Rowan, UCC As citizens, we should be able to hold governments and private industry to account when our rights and freedoms are infringed. But when it comes to […]

Education History

The History of the URL

March 5, 2020 8:00 AM Zack Bloom On the 11th of January 1982 twenty-two computer scientists met to discuss an issue with ‘computer mail’ (now known as email). Attendees included the guy who would create Sun Microsystems, the guy who made Zork, the NTP guy, and the guy who convinced the government to pay for Unix. The problem was simple: there […]

China History

Isolated from the rest of the world, one woman pushed computing from a geeky obsession into a transformative industry.

The computer pioneer who built modern China By Leila McNeill19th February 2020 In April 1960, China’s first home-grown electronic digital general purpose computer – the Model 107 – went live. Xia Peisu, the machine’s engineer and designer, had just made history. After decades of war with Japan and the Chinese Civil War in the first […]


No foolin‘—the 2010s were a crazy decade for tech

Spaceflight lived, software ownership died, and net neutrality lived and died. NATHAN MATTISE – 1/1/2020, 7:00 AM It’s been quite a decade. Tech surfed into the 2010s upon a huge wave of optimism and connection (Facebook!) but eventually wiped out on the shoals of cynicism and tribalism (Facebook!). Along the way, we cavorted with porn trolls, wept over the […]


The Day the World Didn’t End

20 years ago, business leaders and experts were certain “the end of the world as we know it” was nigh. By Geoffrey JamesContributing editor, [email protected]_Source GETTY IMAGES Twenty years ago, an item of fake news spread across the Web, causing tens of thousands of companies to waste as hundreds of billions of dollars which in turn […]


The Old Internet Died And We Watched And Did Nothing

It’s 2020 — do you know where your content is?Katie NotopoulosBuzzFeed News Reporter Posted on December 28, 2019, at 9:31 a.m. ET Quick: Can you think of a picture of yourself on the internet from before 2010, other than your old Facebook photos? How about something you’ve written? Maybe some old sent emails in Gmail […]


Technology Predictions in 1980’s

CBC Television Home computers are going to be big in the 1980s, and they’ll become interconnected with cable TV and telephones. Electronic mail, electronic newspapers and electronic banking are not far off, and neither is shopping at home. But with this information explosion there is also the risk of invasion into Canadians’ privacy. In this […]