A review of The Offensive Internet: Speech, Privacy and Reputation. How to unmask the Internet’s vilest characters: The law gives trolls far too much leeway right now. Montaigne’s Moment: Montaigne is often called the first blogger, but his skeptical moderation is in short supply in the blogosphere. The internet as a model of free speech and access is coming to an end, says Tim Wu. The Internet should be fair — not free — to everyone: The heaviest users comprise just two per cent of the total. Is Netflix reducing illicit file sharing? Depends on which stats you believe. Walking the plank: The flawed bipartisan approach to cracking down on Internet piracy. Corporate rule of cyberspace: The arrival of cloud computing is a time for more scrutiny of the entities that direct our virtual lives, writes Slavoj Zizek. How much did social media contribute to revolution in the Middle East? Chris Lehmann on Cyber-Utopianism: Clay Shirky's Cognitive Surplus is the latest monotonous revery about the Internet social revolution — Evgeny Morozov punctures that bubble (and more and more). Change-Is-Hard.com: Esther Dyson on how the Internet can help foment revolutions, but the hard work of democracy takes place mostly offline. The limits of cyber-revolutions: Public spaces, not virtual town squares, are still the places where uprisings are decided. NPR social-media guru Andy Carvin explains the ethics of Twitter in a time of revolutionary upheaval. If dictators are so fond of the Internet, as some claim, why did Mubarak turn the damn thing off? A look at how natural disasters and political unrest affect the Internet. Cyberwar is harder than it looks: The Internet's vulnerability to attacks has been exaggerated. A new trend known as "offlining" may provide a solution to web-overload, but will disconnecting from the internet even be an option in the future?

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