State of the Web

The digital realm is increasingly becoming the center of the modern universe — where we work, socialize, entertain, and discover. And yet, this realm is still very new, and still not fully realized or firmly defined. Each Tuesday, State of the Web will explore the ideas and forces helping to shape the Web and our connected lives, from trends and movements to ethics, law, politics, and policy. 

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State of the Web: Why can’t Washington craft better Internet laws?

The death of Aaron Swartz has sparked a new call to amend and create Internet laws worthy of our digital era. But is such a thing even possible with the same bureaucratic machinations we've used for 237 years?


State of the Web: Hacking the tech PR industry

The relationship between consumer technology journalists and the companies they cover is broken – but software companies like Google and Facebook could show us a thing or two about how to fix it.


State of the Web: Why I’m NOT quitting Instagram

Deleting your Instagram account over abusive data-sharing practices is a noble thing to do. Unfortunately, it appears to be too late for this act of protest to make any difference at all in how users are treated by the companies we've made rich.


State of the Web: Newtown, and the shameful rise of the instant lynch mob

The horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, exposed another kind of violence: The rising ferocity of the Internet lynch mob, which turns more innocent people into victims of another sort.

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State of the Web: A parent’s guide to COPPA, and how kids are being tracked online

The Internet is no place for children, thanks the negative effects that data collection can have on our children for the rest of their lives. Here's what every parent needs to know about how your kids are being tracked, and what the government is trying to do…


State of the Web: Why Russia, China, and Saudi Arabia won’t ruin the Internet … yet

Even in a worst-case scenario, whatever happens at the UN's ITU conference this week will have little effect on Web users in the United States (at least in the short run). It's the rest of the world that needs to worry.


State of the Web: Facebook makes us feel trapped and powerless, but there’s a way out

The recent "privacy notice" hoax washing over Facebook walls proves how powerless we've all been made to feel by the social media giant, but the vicious circle that makes us feel stuck on Facebook can be broken.


State of the Web: 50 Internet things I’m thankful for

It's that time of the year again: Time to be thankful for all the things that help make life a little better, a little sweeter, and a little less boring. Here are the 50 things on the Web that brighten up my days.