Posts Tagged ‘World Wide Web’

The Web Is Ancient

March 13, 2019

The Web Is Ancient

The World Wide Web is 30 years old this week. That’s three millennia in computer years.

On March 12, 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee designed the Web, and he published the first website two years later.  Sir Tim unleashed the first public World Wide Web server on August 6, 1991. It was a NeXT cube on his desk at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

CERN went on to produce the Large Hadron Collider. The Web produces memes.

More:

“The World Wide Web Turns 30. Where Does It Go From Here?” Tim Berners-Lee, Wired

“The World Wide Web is 30 years old — and its inventor has a warning for us,” Farnoush Amiri, NBC News

“The World Wide Web Turns 30: Our Favorite Memories From A to Z,” The Verge

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Sound of the Web Primeval

June 3, 2012

Sound of the Web Primeval

This, children, was the sound of the Internet in the last century. It is the sound of a computer modem connecting with a telephone line.”Telephone lines” were copper wires connecting these things in homes and offices to each other, and you talked into them ….

Oh, never mind.

More:

“The Mechanics and Meaning of That Ol’ Dial-Up Modem Sound,” Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic

Audio file from the Museum of Endangered Sounds, via John Pemberton.

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Internet Blackout Fail

March 31, 2012

Internet Blackout Fail
Anonymous, the phantom hacker group responsible for headline-grabbing online protest actions, threatened to shut down the Internet on March 31st. They would use the nuclear option, a DNS amplification attack. The result would shut down email, corporate and government websites, communications and defense systems, banking and financial transactions, and electric grids and water systems around the world. It would be a global catastrophe.

Except it didn’t happen.

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The Digital Political Divide

January 2, 2012

The Digital Political Divide

“Research has confirmed that the Internet exerts a polarizing force on the electorate. In his 2011 book The Filter Bubble, Eli Pariser writes about how search engines and social networks filter out dissenting opinions and offer users only what they want to see. Google and Yahoo draw on a user’s past search preferences when responding to queries, meaning that over time a liberal and a conservative might receive ideologically opposite search results having entered identical information. (Pariser recounts how a conservative entering the letters “BP” into Google received stock tips, whereas a liberal was linked to news stories on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.)

 Similar work by Cass Sunstein, the current Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, shows how the Internet creates “echo chambers” where users surround themselves only with the like-minded. This not only preserves partisanship—it exacerbates it. Sunstein found that pro-choice liberals become more pro-choice if they interact only with other liberals, and anti-abortion conservatives become more anti-abortion after surrounding themselves with other conservatives. The niche driven nature of the Internet is pushing us further and further apart.”

“Is the Internet Polarizing Politics?” Peter James Saalfield, big think

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Halloween on the Web

October 30, 2011

Halloween on the Web

Tricks and treats from across the Interwebz:

“Zombies Never Die,” “Emily Sohn, Discovery News

“Halloween 2011: Top Costumes, History, Myths, More,” Brian Handwerk, National Geographic News

“Foreclosure Mill’s Halloween Party Mocks Homeless, Displaced,” Daniel Frankel, The Wrap

“Anti-Wall Streeters inspire Halloween costumes,” Leanne Italie, Associated Press via Google

“The ‘War on Halloween’: A Trick or a Treat for Conservatives?” Leslie Savanon, The Nation

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The Web is Ancient

August 9, 2011

The Web is Ancient

The World Wide Web is 20 years old this week. That’s two millennia in computer years.

On August 6, 1991 Sir Tim Berners-Lee unleashed the first public World Wide Web server. It was a NeXT cube on his desk at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. He had actually designed the Web in 1989 but published the first website two years later.

CERN went on to produce the Large Hadron Collider . The Web produces LOL Cats.

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