Internet http://nhpr.org en The Art Of The Emoji Translation http://nhpr.org/post/art-emoji-translation <p>While researching our story on <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/4314-boston-murder-connected-marathon-bombings-price-privacy-and-hot-dog-emojis">why there isn't a hot dog Emoji (it's more complicated than you think)</a>, we came across the interesting phenomenon of people translating things into Emoji. Here are some of our favorites: Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:37:01 +0000 Zach Nugent 46144 at http://nhpr.org The Art Of The Emoji Translation 4.3.14: Boston Murder Connected To The Marathon Bombings, The Price of Privacy, And Hot Dog Emojis http://nhpr.org/post/4314-boston-murder-connected-marathon-bombings-price-privacy-and-hot-dog-emojis <p></p><p>Today on Word of Mouth, the Boston Marathon bombings happened a year ago this month, but questions about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s possible involvement in a triple homicide remain. Investigative reporter Susan Zalkind discusses the complicated case, and whether police missed their chance to apprehend Tsarnaev long before the marathon bombs. Plus, between online hacking, stored search histories, social media settings, and malware,protecting one’s privacy has become more important, and more complicated than ever. So, how much is our anonymity worth? We'll ask&nbsp; And finally, there are over 700 different Emojis out there, and plenty of interest groups asking for more. Why, for example, is there no hot dog Emoji? Turns out, the answer is surprisingly complicated.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:06:57 +0000 Word of Mouth 46130 at http://nhpr.org 4.3.14: Boston Murder Connected To The Marathon Bombings, The Price of Privacy, And Hot Dog Emojis Internet Access & Net Neutrality, Explained http://nhpr.org/post/internet-access-net-neutrality-explained <p>Taking on the Telecom industry with “net neutrality,” the concept that all websites are treated equally in terms of cost and access.&nbsp; There’s a rising concern that internet companies are gaining too much control over online content, and a court recently ruled in favor of the industry. We’re talking with the author of a new book called “Captive Audience” and see what may happen next.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 45684 at http://nhpr.org Internet Access & Net Neutrality, Explained Your Essential ICANN Primer http://nhpr.org/post/your-essential-icann-primer <p></p><p>You may have heard news this week that the U.S. is “relinquishing control” over the internet – more specifically, that the Obama administration has decided not to renew its contract overseeing the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.&nbsp; The decision has sparked a vocal backlash from conservatives.&nbsp; Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich tweeted “Every American should worry about Obama giving up control of the internet to an undefined group.&nbsp; This is very, very, dangerous”.&nbsp; But let’s face it – most of us have <em>no idea</em> what ICANN does, or how this decision will or will not change the way the internet functions.<strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Rob Fleischman</strong> joined us to explain all things ICANN. He is chief technology officer at Xerocole, and our explainer of all things wired.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:09:46 +0000 Word of Mouth 45296 at http://nhpr.org Your Essential ICANN Primer 3.19.14: Big Data, ICANN & Body Farm http://nhpr.org/post/31914-big-data-icann-body-farm <p>Today on Word of Mouth, we're unpacking big data. Should we fear or embrace it? Then we get a lesson on ICANN - what it is and how the decision made by the Obama administration <em>not </em>to renew its contract to oversee see it actually affects the way the internet functions. Finally, bodies! How do you study the effects of certain conditions on human remains? With a body farm, of course.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:50:05 +0000 Word of Mouth 45294 at http://nhpr.org 3.19.14: Big Data, ICANN & Body Farm Viral Images: Duping The Internet Masses http://nhpr.org/post/viral-images-duping-internet-masses <p></p><p>Niagara Falls, 1911. Completely frozen over with a group of people standing where they would otherwise be sucked into the rushing waterfall. Incredible? Absolutely! Totally truthful? <a href="http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_niagara_falls_frozen.htm" target="_blank">Not exactly</a>.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:41:35 +0000 Sarah Thomas 44115 at http://nhpr.org Viral Images: Duping The Internet Masses Behind The Scenes Of A Viral Video http://nhpr.org/post/behind-scenes-viral-video <p>If you search for marriage proposal on YouTube, you’ll get hundreds of over-the-top versions of popping the question, complete with song, dance, choreography, and lots of tears. Among the most popular is “<a href="http://youtu.be/5_v7QrIW0zY" target="_blank">Isaac’s Live Lip-Sync Proposal</a>”—which has nearly 25-million views. What goes into making a viral proposal video? Turns out, a lot. <strong>Alexander Ward</strong> brings us this story.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:56:37 +0000 Alexander Ward 42241 at http://nhpr.org Behind The Scenes Of A Viral Video Rethink 2014: Paying For Creative Content http://nhpr.org/post/rethink-2014-paying-creative-content <p>This is “Rethink 2014”, presenting ways of challenging our habits and assumptions and the status quo. Today: paying for creative content. It’s the axiom of the era: you can find anything on the internet--for free!&nbsp; The challenge has been figuring out how artists, writers, musicians and content makers get paid for their work. Take the music streaming service <a href="https://www.spotify.com/us/" target="_blank"><em>Spotify</em></a>. Sure, users can discover new artists and find a lot of great music, but <em>Spotify</em> is under fire for failing to compensate the artists who make that music. In an opinion piece for the <em>The Guardian</em> last October, David Byrne wrote, “If artists have to rely almost exclusively on the income from these services, they'll be out of work within a year.” Maybe the big-name musicians have it wrong. We bring you the story of an unknown songwriter who is raking in the <em>Spotify</em> royalty checks, one song at a time. <strong>PJ Vogt</strong> of <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/" target="_blank"><em>On The Media</em></a>’s new <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/blogs/on-the-media/" target="_blank"><em>TLDR</em></a> podcast and blog, has the story.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:18:28 +0000 Virginia Prescott 42242 at http://nhpr.org Rethink 2014: Paying For Creative Content Network Project Brings Broadband To Towns Where Dial-Up Has Ruled http://nhpr.org/post/network-project-brings-broadband-towns-where-dial-has-ruled <p>For years people in New Hampshire have gone without broadband internet access - and now, some of them have it, through a project called Network NH Now.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:48:13 +0000 Brady Carlson 42209 at http://nhpr.org Network Project Brings Broadband To Towns Where Dial-Up Has Ruled Micro-Tasking: The New Digital Sweatshop? http://nhpr.org/post/micro-tasking-new-digital-sweatshop <p>Every day, the internet is inundated with more information, and more data to be to be categorized, organized, scrubbed, and filed away in a timely manner. Millions of miniscule tasks need to be performed each day to keep things running smoothly. Computers can do <em>some</em> of this mind-numbing work; other tasks are done piecemeal by hundreds of thousands of people for almost no money; <a href="https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome" target="_blank">Amazon Mechanical Turk</a> is a marketplace for this kind of work. <strong>Ellen Cushing</strong> is staff writer for <em>The East Bay Express</em>,<a href="http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/dawn-of-the-digital-sweatshop/Content?oid=3301022" target="_blank"> she wrote about</a> the work called “micro-tasking,” which pays a pittance, drawing comparisons to working in a sweatshop.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:52:09 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22806 at http://nhpr.org Micro-Tasking: The New Digital Sweatshop? Brady's Top 10 Web Trends Of 2013 http://nhpr.org/post/bradys-top-10-web-trends-2013 <p>New Year’s Eve is a day of reflection and celebration and each December we mark the passage of time by inviting NHPR’s own Brady Carlson on the show to share his list of the year’s biggest web trends. <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/bradys-top-10-web-trends-2012">Last year his list included: Kony 2012, Kickstarter, and Gangnam Style</a>. Seems so long ago, doesn’t it? Brady joins us again to reflect on the web trends and memes of 2013, and what they reveal about our collective state this year. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:21:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Brady Carlson 41012 at http://nhpr.org Brady's Top 10 Web Trends Of 2013 Why Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Failed http://nhpr.org/post/why-massive-open-online-courses-moocs-failed <p>Sebastian Thrun, the man behind perhaps the most disruptive idea to hit higher education -- massive open online courses or more commonly... MOOCs -- has decided to pack it in. While some traditional educators might be saying “I told you so”, proponents of online education are worried about what this shift means for its future. <strong>Rebecca Schuman </strong>is education columnist for Slate and adjunct professor at the University of Missouri. <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/life/education/2013/11/sebastian_thrun_and_udacity_distance_learning_is_unsuccessful_for_most_students.html">She wrote about Sebastian Thrun -- the acknowledged godfather of MOOC’s -- and his pivot away from them.</a> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:51:19 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39938 at http://nhpr.org Why Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Failed The Shutdown Is Over, But The Memes Live On http://nhpr.org/post/shutdown-over-memes-live <p>Well, the United States has survived another fiscal standoff--for now. Just a few hours before midnight, Republican Legislatures conceded and agreed on a deal to fund government operations until January 15, 2014. The deal ended 16 days of a partial federal shutdown, and today the gears of government sputtered back to life. The crisis was no laughing matter for furloughed workers and worried economists &ndash; but, provided plenty of grist for online memes and jokesters. With the fiasco behind us &ndash; for now &ndash; we&rsquo;re looking at how the government showdown played out online. <strong>Brady Carlson</strong> is with us, NHPR&rsquo;s host of All Things Considered and our regular web culture analyst.</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:31:34 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36926 at http://nhpr.org The Shutdown Is Over, But The Memes Live On 'Silk Road' May Be Shut Down, But Illegal Drug Mecca 'Topix' Lives On http://nhpr.org/post/silk-road-may-be-shut-down-illegal-drug-mecca-topix-lives <p>Earlier this month, the F.B.I.. shut down Silk Road, a black market website that the bureau described as &ldquo;the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the internet today.&rdquo; Buried in the <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/2/4795502/the-fbi-busted-silk-road-but-not-the-dark-web-behind-it">&ldquo;dark web,&rdquo;</a> Silk Road allowed its users to anonymously trade virtually every drug imaginable in addition to other illegal goods and services that included counterfeit and murder.&nbsp;</p><p>Though the site has been stopped in its tracks, similar online websites remain in business. Topix.com <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/2/4795430/amidst-silk-roads-takedown-topix-still-a-haven-for-drug-dealers">has provided an open forum</a> for black market trading for many years and is still going strong. <strong>Matt Stroud </strong>is a Verge contributing writer covering law, business and scams.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:33:51 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36548 at http://nhpr.org 'Silk Road' May Be Shut Down, But Illegal Drug Mecca 'Topix' Lives On Writer Takes Typewriter To Park And Incites An Internet Riot http://nhpr.org/post/writer-takes-typewriter-park-and-incites-internet-riot <p>When <strong>Christopher Hermelin</strong> moved to New York, he lived like countless other jobless 20-somethings: no prospects, no money, and rent due at the first of the month. But instead of kicking around in a café, he <a href="http://www.theawl.com/2013/09/i-was-a-hated-hipster-meme-and-then-it-got-worse" target="_blank">hit the streets</a> with a ten dollar typewriter and a sign printed: &ldquo;Stories while you wait. Sliding scale, donate what you can.&rdquo; And&hellip;it worked! Passersby paid him to write one-of-a-kind stories on the spot. While he isn&rsquo;t the only person to make a living like this, on the streets of New York, he might be the one person whose photograph showed up on the internet. We&rsquo;ll let him pick up the story from there. <strong>Christopher Hermelin</strong> is &ldquo;<a href="http://rovingtypist.com/">The Roving Typist</a>.&rdquo;</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:45:26 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36528 at http://nhpr.org Writer Takes Typewriter To Park And Incites An Internet Riot