The saga of Ross Ulbricht just keeps getting stranger.
The 29-year-old self-styled “entrepreneur,” arrested last month in connection to the now-shuttered Silk Road online bazaar, was not only denied bail today in New York federal court, but also handed four additional murder-for-hire chages. That brings the grand total of contract killing charges now faced by the man accused of having helmed a $1.2 billion illegal drugs and services marketplace to six.
Should the Fourth Amendment’s protections against warrantless search and seizures carry over into the digital realm, especially given the ubiquity of text messages? For privacy advocates, the obvious answer is yes. United States law, on the other hand, is still up in the air.
Quick, what’s manlier: eating bacon or fathering children?
The first photographic image ever uploaded to the web was a Photoshop disaster. It was created to sell something and featured attractive women in a come-hither pose.
In short, photo-uploading was born with some original sins that never quite washed away.
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When it comes to the gun debate in America, I’m constantly swayed by the same logic often used when video games are linked to violence: the old mantra that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. I’ve shot a gun before, and I really liked it. There’s something about the kickback of gunpowder that will give your adrenaline a jolt. However, I was never tempted to buy a gun to arm myself, mostly because I was afraid of how carrying a gun would change my perception of my surroundings.
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You’re on the Internet. What does that mean?
Most likely, it means one of a handful of telecommunications providers is middlemanning your information from Point A to Point B. Fire off an email or a tweet, broadcast a livestream or upload video to YouTube, and you’re relying on vast networks of fiber optic cables deep underground and undersea, working with satellites high above, to move your data around the world, and to bring the world to your fingertips.
It’s an infrastructure largely out of sight and mind. AT&T, Level 3, Hurricane Electric, Tata Indicom – to most these are simply invisible magicians performing the act of getting one online and kicking. To many open-source advocates, however, these are a few of the big, dirty names responsible for what they see as the Web’s rapid consolidation. The prospect of an irreparably centralized Internet, a physical Internet in the hands of a shrinking core of so-called Tier 1 transit networks, keeps Isaac Wilder up at night.
Watch it here: Free the Network