Let’s shut down the internet

The internet is causing trouble for regulators, politicians and health officials. But what if it could all just go away?

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Make It A Day To Remember

The internet is filled with disagreeable people. People whose opinions I have difficulty respecting, because those opinions are so offensive to reason. However, I’ve always tried to engage sensibly with those views I disagree with. I have always believed that changing minds through intelligent discourse is more productive than shouting at people. And yet the…

Some Internet Laws You May Have Missed – Updated

Most people know about about Godwin’s Law. In short (quoting Wikipedia), this adage states: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” Here are a few other internet forum laws with particular relevance to the New Zealand scene. Slater’s Law: this is similar to Godwin’s law.…

A Modern Day Canute

UK PR consultant Richard Hillgrove writes in the Guardian about his brilliant idea for preventing social media sites like Facebook and Twitter from breaching suppression orders. “Clearly, they are going to have to introduce a delay mechanism so that content can be checked before it goes up”, he opines. Yes, that’s an excellent idea, and it…