What to make of the Parler shutdown

In the wake of the “assault” on the US Capitol (in quotation marks, because if you look at the video footage, it really seems a lot more like LARPing than an actual attempt at insurrection), everyone was all abuzz about how the social-media giants were handling Trump’s accounts (Twitter gave him a “permanent suspension” (I […]

Elections, government, and tech

In case you missed it, back in July the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, created a new position (the Election Threats Executive) to oversee and coordinate election security efforts across the various intelligence agencies, and appointed Shelby Pierson as the first in that role. Facebook, Twitter, and Google are all working hard to improve […]

an image of the cover of the novel "1984" over the American flag, with the text "Do we really want this as our instruction manual?"

Is The Great Experiment Ending?

E pluribus unum Annuit cœptis Novus ordo seclorum Those words — out of many, one; our undertakings have been approved; a new order of the ages — connoted an unprecedented national optimism, and foretold what has unquestionably turned out to be a new order of the ages. Fifteen years of literal blood, sweat, and tears […]