How Facebook Outs Sex Workers
By Kashmir Hill Yesterday 2:20pm
Leila has two identities, but Facebook is only supposed
to know about one of them.
Leila is a sex worker. She goes to great lengths to keep
separate identities for ordinary life and for sex work, to avoid stigma,
arrest, professional blowback, or clients who might be stalkers (or worse).
Her “real identity”—the public one, who lives in
California, uses an academic email address, and posts about politics—joined
Facebook in 2011. Her sex-work identity is not on the social network at all;
for it, she uses a different email address, a different phone number, and a
different name. Yet earlier this year, looking at Facebook’s “People You May
Know” recommendations, Leila (a name I’m using using in place of either of the
names she uses) was shocked to see some of her regular sex-work clients.
Despite the fact that she’d only given Facebook
information from her vanilla identity, the company had somehow discerned her
The 15 Most Influential Websites of All TimeAlex Fitzpatrick,Lisa Eadicicco,Matt Peckham Updated:
Oct 20, 2017 10:55 AM ET | Originally published: Oct 18, 2017 The
web, or "world wide web" as we used to say, turns 27 years old on
December 20. On that date, nearly three decades ago, British engineer and
scientist Tim Berners-Lee launched the world's first website, running on a NeXT
computer at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear
Research) in Switzerland.
The website wasn't much at the time, just a few sentences
organized into topic areas that laid out the arguments for the concept. But it
established vital first principles still essential to the web as it exists
today: the notion of hyperlinks that reimagined documents (and eventually any
form of media) as nonlinear texts, and the ability for anyone, anywhere in the
world, to peruse that content by way of a browser: a piece of software that
cohered to universal formatting standards. It's been a wild ride since…
How Amazon’s Bottomless Appetite Became Corporate
By Shira Ovide March 14, 2018
Amazon makes no sense. It’s the most befuddling,
illogically sprawling, and—to a growing sea of competitors—flat-out terrifying
company in the world.
It sells soap and produces televised soap operas. It
sells complex computing horsepower to the U.S. government and will dispatch a
courier to deliver cold medicine on Christmas Eve. It’s the third-most-valuable
company on Earth, with smaller annual profits than Southwest Airlines Co.,
which as of this writing ranks 426th. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos is the
world’s richest person, his fortune built on labor conditions that critics say
resemble a Dickens novel with robots, yet he has enough mainstream appeal to
play himself in a Super Bowl commercial. Amazon was born in cyberspace, but it
occupies warehouses, grocery stores, and other physical real estate equivalent
to 90 Empire State Buildings, with a little left over.