The trolls of social media debates

We live in a time where it is easy to make your opinion known — maybe too easy. Telling the difference between people who are steadfast in their opinions from trolls that will play the devil’s advocate until hell  freezes over is no simple task.

Three websites a new student can’t be without

From grabbing those notes for that class you missed to citing an essay to organizing your drinking schedule, being a new university student isn’t easy. Luckily, there are three amazing web sites — Google, Workflowy and CiteMe — that will help you keep up with your studies. Learning to use these sites will make your life as a student much easier.

I’m losing my mind but I know exactly where to find it: on the Internet

My memory is failing me. It happens on a near-daily basis: a name, a face, an address. I just can’t seem to recall anything anymore, and I blame the Internet. Or perhaps my memory isn’t failing so much as it is adapting. Rather than remembering specific facts, I find myself remembering the paths I took to discover them.

The ethics of Internet piracy

Should I refuse to read a pirated book? Was I receiving stolen goods, as advocates of stricter laws against Internet piracy claim? If I steal someone’s book the old-fashioned way, I have the book, and the original owner no longer does. I am better off, but she is worse off. When people use pirated books, the publisher and the author often are worse off – they lose earnings from selling the book.

Separating information from identity in an online world

Just as the prominence of the World Wide Web has changed drastically, so too has its "raison d’être" — it has gone from a database to a hub of real-time communication and social networks. It spreads ideas, news coverage and multimedia across geographical boundaries instantly, and researchers are constantly trying to make it even more streamlined and efficient.

A year after Digg’s demise, Reddit is thriving

About a year ago, the world's one-time premier social news site,, buried itself under an avalanche of crippling mistakes. Following a calamitous and ill-conceived redesign, the site's downfall caused quite a stir online. Roughly 12 months later, the digital dust has almost settled. If you look back, though, there's much to be learned.

What’s in a domain name?

The Internet's governing body, ICANN, is allowing for a dramatic expansion of the namespace with a host of new Top-Level Domains (TLDs), the suffixes that go after the dot, such as .com, .org, and, soon, .anything.

BRIEF: Canadians like the Internet

The Canadian Media Research Consortium has released a new study that shows Canadians value their Internet connections over other media.

An existential struggle with digital withdrawal

The cognitive benefits of closing a laptop or pocketing a cell phone in a classroom should come as no surprise to anyone who has studied entry-level psychology. Reducing the number of distracting external stimuli increases one's ability to focus on the specific task at hand, like actively participating in class discussions or absorbing information.

A brief history of Anonymous

In late 2003 Anonymous emerged, still dripping, from the primordial soup of the Internet. Since then, they have taken on various people and made headlines along the way.

The Internet: Lolcats, porn and revolution

Few inventions have had such a wholly transformative effect on the course of history as the printing press. And as far as the printing press has taken us, the Internet is poised to take us even further.