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In the Trenches: Fighting Racism Online

Out in the real world, few people would proudly proclaim that they are racists. On the internet, things are different: The anonymity of the online world makes it easier for people to express racist viewpoints and make observations that they might feel too embarrassed to share in the offline world.

Google Earth Gets a Seamless Upgrade

By Andrew Tarantola on at

One drawback from Google Earth has always been that if you pull the view back far enough, the terrain begins to look like a scene from Minecraft. Well, no longer! With the version 6.2 update, Google Earth looks even more like the real thing.

How Your Friends' Locations Give Yours Away Online

By Jamie Condliffe on at

You might have the privacy settings locked down on all your social networks, but it's the weak links in the system that make the difference. A team at the University of Rochester in New York, for instance, say they can predict where you are to within 100 metres, just by analysing the location of your friends on Twitter.

Should Jurors be Allowed to Google Their Defendants?

By Gary Cutlack on at

Theodora Dallas was recently handed a six-month jail sentence for looking up the details of a defendant on Google while serving as a jury member on a case. Yes, that's against the rules, but surely we can't expect people to voluntarily seal themselves in an impenetrable bubble just because they've been press-ganged into doing jury duty?

What is SOPA and Why Should Britain Care?

By Sam Gibbs on at

You may've noticed Wikipedia has gone black today, to protest against something called SOPA. Hell, you might’ve even noticed Reddit joining in on the fun, too. But before you start thinking the world's thrown in the hygiene towel and is protesting against soap -- learn these valuable facts about the US law, which could end up affecting us all. Yes, even us Brits.