Online Privacy tips from our Mad readers

Security online is a somewhat tenuous and ever-shifting problem that may be difficult tomanage or navigate. However, there are tools that can help. Since there are no perfect toolsthat keep you safe, nothing can substitute good, common-sense approaches. For instance,don’t open attachments or links from emails or texts you don’t 100% know are legitimate(unless you… Read More Online Privacy tips from our Mad readers

Minority report

Many meltdowns were over the charge that Twitter would become the Wild West of Hate and Misinformation, but Musk has clarified that he defines free speech as letting people speak within the bounds of the law. However, laws can be changed.  In a strangely-timed announcement, Homeland Security said it was setting up a disinformation governance board. Dubbed the “Ministry… Read More Minority report

Slap

Maybe this is how Hollywood dies— not really with a bang but with a sort of confused whimper, pressed into a puddle by the weight of its own professed values. While the Academy Awards were watched by hardly anyone, most everyone has now heard about “The Slap.” Reactions and tweets were swift and plentiful, but… Read More Slap

Smelly-vision

Mad readers will probably be aware of the desire of Big Tech titans to see their virtual reality dreams comes true. We have written about the nascent “metaverse” and its attendant issues, but a Vermont start-up thinks what the digital world really needs is scent. The writer says “for virtual reality to feel like reality, it needs smell.”… Read More Smelly-vision

Unacceptable views

Musician Neil Young went to bat for what he believes telling Spotify to pick between hosting his music or Joe Rogan’s podcast. Young is upset that the streaming platform lets Rogan interview whomever he likes and is complicit in spreading the dreaded “Misinformation.” The head of the WHO thanked Young for standing up for science. But Spotify backed Rogan whose podcast has… Read More Unacceptable views