Eyes on the Web

In urban planning, there is an idea called "eyes on the street" that describes the tendency for crime to be reduced in areas under high public surveillance.

Making the Internet Safe for Democracy

Net neutrality is the principle that all data on the internet should be treated equally. This means that the bits which correspond to video feeds of executive business meetings are given no preference over the bits which correspond to snapshots of breakfast burritos on the information highway.

Talking without Touch

In communication theory, much is made of the distinction between verbal and nonverbal communication. Verbal is everything that gets delivered through words, everything that would be contained in double-quotation marks if our conversations were transcribed in prose. Nonverbal communication is everything else.

Artifacts of Internet History

Like any parable of Jesus, or fable of Aesop, the story of the internet is not very long, but it is quite dense. Here are a few need-to-know terms for anyone interested in the history of the web.

A Taxonomy of Trolls

The trolls of lore have emerged from underneath their bridges and taken up residence on the web. Depending on who you ask, they are ones who ruin the internet or they are the ones who make it interesting.

Sharing with Strangers

The idea of lending a personal belonging to a complete stranger is not in the cards for many people. Call it paranoia or prudence; it's a strong roadblock to all the benefits which sharing affords.

Introducing Cyberlife

Some may think that virtual communities are not, strictly speaking, communities, citing physical proximity as a strict prerequisite. But I would disagree.