'Disruption' is a good thing? No: Next time you hear some Kool-Aid-sculling startup genius boast that they're 'disruptive', punch them really hard. Smashing things at random is not progress.
The Full Tilt
Stilgherrian delivers an undiluted dose of criticism and analysis of the ways digital technology is changing our world and the spin that goes with it.
Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.
The Australian Securities and Investment Commission censored a website it alleges was part of a scam — plus 1,200 others as collateral damage. An apology is nowhere near enough.
If wireless broadband is supposed to liberate us from fixed-line data tethers, it's a dream that won't become a reality any time soon.
Australia's long-overdue data breach notification laws are finally being drafted. But will they be tough enough to staunch the haemorrhage of personal data?
Forget the LulzSec speculation sideshow. The cybercrime charges against Matthew Flannery are a rare chance for the AFP to put a head on a spike as a warning to others.
The recent botnet attack on websites running WordPress hasn't had much impact — yet. But with millions of vulnerable sites and a knowledge gap at the low end of the market, things could get much, much worse.
It took decades to develop and popularise our now-familiar desktop user interfaces. Do we still have the patience to develop the next interface revolution?
Bitcoin's appeal is its promise to fulfil certain libertarian geek fantasies, but right now, there's little to distinguish this digital currency from an elaborate scam.
Summly's presumed boy-genius founder and its $30 million sale to Yahoo got global media attention, thanks to classic dodgy startup-culture myth making. Time for a reality check.
Demanding that people use their real names to access internet services, except in special circumstances, is a dramatic, but largely undiscussed shift of power away from individuals to corporations and governments.
When someone starts warning you of "cyberthreats", check your wallet and keys. You're probably about to be conned.
If you think hacktivists are a problem now, just wait. The tools are becoming increasingly easy to use, and the hacktivists increasingly stupid — making everyone a target.
With PlayStation 4, Sony joins the cavalcade of companies sacrificing your privacy to replace the profits lost thanks to plummeting hardware prices. Fun, but at what cost?
Science-free vanity metrics from Kred, LinkedIn, and all the rest are gamifying you and your business -- and you're the loser.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee's visit to Australia drew out the same cultural cringe that drives that eternal, daft question, "how can we create our own Silicon Valley?"