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Female Porn Addicts Are a Lot Like Male Porn Addicts

“I know it when I see it” may have been an adequate descriptor for pornography from Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, but when it comes to addiction to pornography, researchers don’t merely stop there. There has been a good deal of research on porn addiction, but researchers led by Christian Laier at University of Duisberg-Essen, Germany, […]



Here’s One Unexpected Way to Land on the NSA’s Watch List

If you downloaded the privacy software Tor in 2011, you may have been flagged to be spied on.

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The Searchers: Amateur Web Sleuths Are Teaming Up to Solve Cold Cases Online

An old American obsession—the rogue detective’s urge to crack the case—finds a new outlet.

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Can Memes Exist Outside of the Internet?

A number of advertisers have tried to pull Internet Culture off the Web and put it onto your television screen.

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Writing About Writing About Taylor Swift’s Writing

Everyone’s writing about Taylor Swift writing for the Wall Street Journal.



How to Block Online Tracking

Many companies track your behavior and request information about you without explicitly asking for your permission. Here’s how to combat the trackers.



It’s Complicated: Facebook’s History of Tracking You

Facebook is launching an aggressive technique to follow people across the Web.



Why Online Tracking Is Getting Creepier

The merger of online and offline data is bringing more intrusive tracking.

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Rethinking Viral: Why the Digital World Is Not as Democratic as We Think

We often judge the Internet based on the relatively few stories of success—where democratization seems to operate—rather than the millions of failures. Viral is the exception, big broadcasts—and lonely voices whistling in the digital hurricane—are the norm.

The Future of Money


Disrupt the Banks

Why haven’t start-ups completely taken over the personal finance industry?

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Don’t Fear the Network: The Internet Is Changing the Way We Communicate for the Better

Panic about the rise of social media is largely overhyped and misplaced.



The NSA Is Put on Notice Over Encryption Standards

An amendment proposed by the House would remove the requirement that the National Institute of Standards and Technology consult with the NSA on encryption standards.

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Welcome to the New, Monetized Internet, Where Privacy Is Going to Cost You

If you think of the Internet as a public good, then think again. Internet service providers are finding new ways to monetize their customers, and all signs point to bigger bills for everyone.



Privacy Tools: A Quick Guide to Encrypting the Data You Store and Transmit

Here are some techniques that anybody can use to protect their privacy online.

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Twitter, Modified

If the beloved platform falls short of our public discourse, can we imagine a more public alternative?

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No, the Internet Is Not Killing Religion in America

The decline in religiosity in the U.S. is accompanied by a rise in Internet access. But the factors determining faith are far more complicated than a Wi-Fi connection.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30


The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Big Digital Data Guy Who Wants to Learn From Our Online Behavior

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.



The U.S. Needs to Stop Running Internet Security Like a Wikipedia Volunteer Project

One lesson of the Heartbleed bug is that our government is paying to undermine Internet security, not to fix it.



IPO Gives Us a Look Inside Sina Weibo, a Company Struggling With Censorship

Weibo, “China’s Twitter,” started offering shares on NASDAQ last week. Its regulatory disclosures reveal a company’s balancing act between censoring too much and too little.



The Unfortunate Lesson of Kony 2012: Nuance Diminishes Outrage

Research undertaken as a video about an African warlord went viral suggests such a film can inspire moral anger—so long as it sticks to an oversimplified message.

The Future of Money


What the IRS’s Taxation Ruling Means for Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies

The recent notice is a surreal step that brings what was once an anarchist’s dream come true closer to being a tool of the state.



Enjoy Life More: Use Facebook Less

Contrary to our expectations, using Facebook dampens our spirits, leaving us feeling like we’ve wasted time, according to new research.

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Do You Own Your Identity Online?

The European “right to be forgotten” could help protect U.S. citizens against blanket data surveillance.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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