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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.

Book Reviews

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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.

The World Wide Web

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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.

ProPublica

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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.

ProPublica

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

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

ProPublica

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Why Online Tracking Is Getting Creepier

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

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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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.

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This Is What the Harassment and Abuse of Women on the Internet Looks Like, Part V

All week we’re running personal stories from Pacific Standard readers in response to Amanda Hess’ cover story, “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.”

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This Is What the Harassment and Abuse of Women on the Internet Looks Like, Part IV

All week we’re running personal stories from Pacific Standard readers in response to Amanda Hess’ cover story, “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.”

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This Is What the Harassment and Abuse of Women on the Internet Looks Like, Part III

All week we’re running personal stories from Pacific Standard readers in response to Amanda Hess’ cover story, “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.”

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This Is What the Harassment and Abuse of Women on the Internet Looks Like, Part II

All week we’re running personal stories from Pacific Standard readers in response to Amanda Hess’ cover story, “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.”

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This Is What the Harassment and Abuse of Women on the Internet Looks Like, Part I

All week we’re running personal stories from Pacific Standard readers in response to Amanda Hess’ cover story, “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet.”

From the Editor

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Editor’s Letter: Real Enough

Introducing the January/February 2014 Issue of Pacific Standard.

Features

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Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet

“Ignore the barrage of violent threats and harassing messages that confront you online every day.” That’s what women are told. But these relentless messages are an assault on women’s careers, their psychological bandwidth, and their freedom to live online. We have been thinking about Internet harassment all wrong.

 

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Is Online Dating Really the Future of Marriage Matchmaking?

A new study suggests that if you’re genuinely interested in defending marriage, traditional or otherwise, then start an online dating service.

 

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Teens Care About Online Privacy—Just Not the Same Way You Do

Why do teenagers behave the way that they do online, sharing personal information with just about anybody who wants it? Look to the privacy paradox.

 

Can Facebook Promote Safe Sex?

New research shows mixed results when high-risk teenagers are targeted with online public health initiatives.

 

Science Posters Given a New Life Online

A cool new project dubbed Skolr promises to spread the latest science farther and faster by bringing science’s ubiquitous poster sessions online.

 

Tribes of the 21st Century

An essay collection makes the case that, in the digital age, community is more a matter of ideas than of geography. Even if the idea is a Nigerian e-mail scam.

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How a CEO’s Fiery Battle Speeches Can Shape Ethical Behavior

CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.

Modern Technology Still Doesn’t Protect Americans From Deadly Landslides

No landslide monitoring or warning systems are being used to protect vulnerable communities.

The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

People Are Clueless About Placebos

Doctors know that sometimes the best medicine is no medicine at all. But how do patients feel about getting duped into recovery?

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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