Internet

Browsing Black History

How Black Women Made GIFs Into a Language of Self-Expression

GIFs give voice to Black women who, because of their shared erasure and oppression, often communicate in a silent dialogue.
Starrene Rhett Rocque
2.20.19
extremely online

How the Internet Became a Playground for Exploiting Black Creators

Fortnite, owned by Epic Games, is currently in litigation with Black creators over the use of their dance moves. But the video game company is not the first to mine Black digital ingenuity for profit.
Shamira Ibrahim
2.4.19
Internet

Cleaning Influencers Are Instagram's Newest Sensation

Cleaning gurus like Melissa Maker and Lynsey Crombie are making serious money, but not everyone agrees that domestic drudgery should be celebrated on social media.
Zing Tsjeng
12.11.18
LGBTQ

How an Online Forum for Moms Became a Toxic Hotbed of Transphobia

Mumsnet boasts of its political influence and hosts chats with Hillary Clinton and UK politicians. So how has it become ground zero for British transphobia?
Eve Livingston
12.6.18
stalking

The Relentless Horror of Being Stalked as an Instagram Star

Andreea Cristina Bolbea has endured stalkers attempting to sabotage her career, ruin her marriage, and visit her home unannounced.
Andreea Cristina Bolbea
11.19.18
activism

Two Years After Qandeel Baloch's Murder, Women Are Rallying in Her Name

The social media star dubbed "Pakistan's Kim Kardashian" was the victim of a brutal honor killing. Here's how her legacy has inspired a generation of women.
Sophie Hemery
9.6.18
Internet

Why Memes Express the Feeling of Disassociating Better Than Words Do

Disassociation is an isolating and sometimes indescribable experience in which sufferers feel disconnected from reality, or even from their own identity. For some, memes are the best way to describe that feeling.
Leonie Shinn-Morris
7.31.18
Internet

Are Russian Bots Selling Weaves on Instagram? An Investigation

Even if the accounts are just spam bots, suspicions that they may be political propaganda directed specifically toward Black people are warranted.
Donovan X. Ramsey
7.10.18
revenge porn

Revenge Porn Bill in New York Killed After Google Campaign

Advocates blamed the tech company for helping to essentially kill a bill that would have made nonconsensual dissemination of sexually explicit images a crime in New York.
Kimberly Lawson
6.21.18
The Privacy and Perception Issue

Searching for Traces of My Late Father Online

My father was murdered years before the Internet existed as we know it. But I still search for traces of him there.
Gabrielle Birkner
6.18.18
The Privacy and Perception Issue

I Was Tricked into Becoming a Cam Girl at 18

It all started with a mysterious MSN message asking me if I'd like to be a model.
Sarah Hurtes
6.18.18
Sex

As a Teen, I Was Haunted by the Sexual Persona I Created to Protect Myself

The person I created on the internet shielded me from the slut-shaming I endured at the hands of high school bullies. Rather than let their words break me, I molded my online image to embody sexuality.
Eda Yu
6.18.18
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