The Global Machine Behind the Rise of Far-Right Nationalism

Sweden was long seen as a progressive utopia. Then came waves of immigrants — and the forces of populism at home and abroad.

RINKEBY, Sweden — Johnny Castillo, a Peruvian-born neighborhood watchman in this district of Stockholm, still puzzles over the strange events that two years ago turned the central square of this predominantly immigrant community into a symbol of multiculturalism run amok.

First came a now-infamous comment by President Trump, suggesting that Sweden’s history of welcoming refugees was at the root of a violent attack in Rinkeby the previous evening, even though nothing had actually happened.

“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden!” Mr. Trump told supporters at a rally on Feb. 18, 2017. “They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”

Källa: The Global Machine Behind the Rise of Far-Right Nationalism

8chan, Megaphone for Gunmen, Has Gone Dark. ‘Shut the Site Down,’ Says Its Creator.

Fredrick Brennan was getting ready for church at his home in the Philippines when the news of a mass shooting in El Paso arrived. His response was immediate and instinctive.

“Whenever I hear about a mass shooting, I say, ‘All right, we have to research if there’s an 8chan connection,’” he said about the online message board he started in 2013.

It didn’t take him long to find one.

Moments before the El Paso shooting on Saturday, a four-page message whose author identified himself as the gunman appeared on 8chan. The person who posted the message encouraged his “brothers” on the site to spread the contents far and wide

Källa: 8chan, Megaphone for Gunmen, Has Gone Dark. ‘Shut the Site Down,’ Says Its Creator.

Lästipset: När vi litar blint på tekniken och det vi skrivit

Stavfel och ord som tolkas fel i vår digital tillvaro kan leda till helt felaktiga beslut och rent vådliga konsekvenser. Här är långläsning och felktolkningar och stavfel.

One day in May this year, Luigi Rimonti left his home in Gateshead to catch a ferry from North Shields, the first stage in a 1,000-mile drive across Europe to Italy. A dapper, energetic 81-year-old, Rimonti had grown up in a suburb of Rome before coming to the north-east of England as a young man. Often, over the years, he had driven back to Rome, insisting to his two adult sons, Gino and Valter, that he preferred to make this long journey by car. They worried about their father on these drives, and this spring, for the first time, they persuaded Rimonti to equip his car with a satellite-navigation device.

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The Khashoggi affair: Twitter manipulation in the Gulf

From the Gulf crisis to the Khashoggi affair, Al Jazeera investigates how bots influence online conversations.

In this series of articles, Al Jazeera examines how Twitter in the Middle East has changed since the Arab Spring.

Government talking points are being magnified through thousands of accounts during politically fraught times and silencing people on Twitter is only part of a large-scale effort by governments to stop human rights activists and opponents of the state from being heard. 

Nine months after his death, the Twitter feed of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has become a time capsule.

Khashoggi’s last tweet to his audience of 1.7 million is dated October 2, 2018, the day he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

In the time after his death, the Saudi-born Washington Post columnist would remain an important topic on the social media platform. 

Källa: The Khashoggi affair: Twitter manipulation in the Gulf

Notorious MyDoom Worm Still on AutoPilot After 15 Years

The notorious Mydoom email worm, considered to be one of the most damaging malware strains ever developed, is still doing rounds on the Internet, working on autopilot and actively targeting email users all over the world.

Mydoom (also known as Novarg, Mimail, and Shimg) is a malware family known to be active since at least 2004 [1, 2, 3, 4] , with worm capabilities designed to spread to other victims using a mass e-mailing approach, with some of its variants also capable of infecting targets through peer-to-peer networks.

After infecting a computer, the MyDoom worm opens a backdoor on TCP ports 3127 through 3198, thus enabling the attackers to remotely access the compromised systems, to distribute other malicious payloads, and, in the case of some variants, to launch denial of service (DoS) attacks.

Källa: Notorious MyDoom Worm Still on AutoPilot After 15 Years

The Audio App That’s Transforming Erotica

Not long ago, my co-worker Josh Rothman and I each listened to several hours of audio erotica—a broad swath of podcasts and such—as research for a proposed story about “sexy self-care.” Erotic podcasts, like many genres of podcast, have been booming in recent years, and, in theory, it was a fun story idea. Josh likes radio shows and romance novels; I like podcasts and all kinds of frothy things. But in practice it was a bad scene. When we compared notes, we discovered that we’d had the same reaction to what we’d heard: recoiling.

The reason was simple. Good erotica is hard to write; graceful and convincing audio drama is hard to produce; and the awkwardness of flawed attempts at both is excruciating. Think of the wrong-note sex scenes you’ve read in books, or in those bad-sex-writing awards that come out every year, or in excerpts from embarrassing novels by disgraced public figures. Reading them silently, you might chuckle and wince. Now imagine a stranger’s voice unctuously reading them right into your ears. The only appropriate response is heebie-jeebies.

Källa: The Audio App That’s Transforming Erotica