“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, […]
August 6, 2014 • 3:48 PM • Share
If you downloaded the privacy software Tor in 2011, you may have been flagged to be spied on.
July 16, 2014 • 2:00 PM • Share
An old American obsession—the rogue detective’s urge to crack the case—finds a new outlet.
July 15, 2014 • 6:00 AM • Share
Everyone’s writing about Taylor Swift writing for the Wall Street Journal.
July 10, 2014 • 5:00 AM • Share
Updates to past Pacific Standard print stories.
July 3, 2014 • 2:00 AM • Share
Facebook is launching an aggressive technique to follow people across the Web.
June 18, 2014 • 2:00 PM • Share
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.
June 9, 2014 • 6:00 AM • Share
Panic about the rise of social media is largely overhyped and misplaced.
June 2, 2014 • 6:00 AM • Share
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.
May 30, 2014 • 2:00 PM • Share
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.
May 21, 2014 • 12:00 PM • Share
Here are some techniques that anybody can use to protect their privacy online.
May 7, 2014 • 4:00 PM • Share
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.
April 28, 2014 • 10:00 AM • Share
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.
April 26, 2014 • 6:00 AM • Share
One lesson of the Heartbleed bug is that our government is paying to undermine Internet security, not to fix it.
April 22, 2014 • 2:00 PM • Share
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.
April 21, 2014 • 2:00 PM • Share
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.
April 18, 2014 • 4:00 AM • Share
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.
April 9, 2014 • 8:00 AM • Share
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