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In a surprising turn of events, Apple has cancelled its long-awaited AirPower wireless charging mat. The company says the product didn’t meet its “high standards,” but wasn’t specific as to why. We’ve…
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In a surprising turn of events, Apple has cancelled its long-awaited AirPower wireless charging mat. The company says the product didn’t meet its “high standards,” but wasn’t specific as to why. We’ve been watching this space carefully and have an informed guess as to what happened.
AirPower was first introduced to the public in September of 2017 during Apple’s iPhone X reveal. The company promised a single wireless charging mat that could charge three devices at the same time, like your iPhone, Apple Watch, and your AirPods (the last of which just got wireless charging capabilities).
Apple planned on releasing AirPower the year after the iPhone X, in 2018. However, it was reportedly hit with numerous delays. And as 2018 dragged on, the speculation of its cancellation loomed large, especially after Apple completely wiped its website clean of any mention of the product a full year after its announcement.
Starting in 2019, though, a glimmer of hope emerged: rumors surfaced that AirPower’s production was ramping up, pointing to the possibility that this product would finally be close to shipping. So close, in fact, that an iOS 12.2 beta—released just ten days before the AirPower’s cancellation—included official support for the now-defunct wireless charger. And the second-generation AirPods even have an illustration of the wireless charging mat on the back of the box.
AirPower was cancelled a mere nine days later, making us wonder what must have happened. After all, there are plenty of wireless charging mats on the market that can charge multiple devices at the same time. But unlike those mats (which are really just three separate chargers next to each other in the same unit), Apple wanted to take things to the next level.
With that said, we have a theory as to why Apple’s wireless charger fell completely flat during its last-second Hail Mary.
Overheating and Interference
Wireless charging pads use electromagnetic induction to juice up your phone. Both the pad and your phone contain wire coils: the pad draws current from the wall and runs it through the coil, creating an electromagnetic field. That field induces an electric current in your phone’s wire coil, which it uses to charge the battery.
However, the electricity being transmitted to your phone isn’t perfectly clean or ideal. It generates some noise, which can interfere with other wireless devices. That’s why the FCC (and regulatory bodies in other countries) set strict limits on wireless emissions.
Noise from a single coil might not be a problem, but each charging coil generates a slightly different waveform. When those waves overlap, the constructive interference intensifies their strength. Just like when two ocean waves collide and combine their height, radio frequencies can combine their intensity as they interact.
Managing these overlapping harmonic frequencies is incredibly challenging, and gets harder the more coils that you are integrating. From patent filings, it looks like Apple’s ambitious plan was to use considerably more coils than other charging pads on the market.
Rumors speculated that Apple was considering up to 32 coils—up from the fifteen shown in their conceptual patent filing.
Other multi-device wireless chargers place two or three coils side-by-side, but require you to fiddle with your phone to find the “sweet spot” over one coil for it to start charging. With AirPower, Apple was trying to create one large charging surface using overlapping coils, allowing it to power multiple devices from anywhere on the mat. But that introduces multiple challenges.
We asked an engineer with experience building wireless charging systems what obstacles Apple was working to overcome. “Over time, these harmonics add up and they become really powerful signals in the air,” explains William Lumpkins, VP of Engineering at O & S Services. “And that can be difficult—that can stop someone’s pacemaker if it’s too high of a level. Or it could short circuit someone’s hearing aid.” If Apple’s multi-coil layout was spinning off harmonics left and right, it’s possible AirPower couldn’t pass muster with US or EU regulations.
Part of what’s astonishing about the AirPower cancellation is how last-minute it was, right on the heels of the AirPods 2 release. But Lumpkins says that happens sometimes. He speculated that Apple had AirPower working in their labs: ”Well, so what always happens is you get it functional first. No one looks at [Electro-Magnetic Interference] until the end.” The FCC rules for wireless charging devices like AirPower are quite strict, and limit exposure at 20 cm (8 in) above the device to 50 mW/cm^2.
Rumors have circulated for months about AirPower’s overheating issues, which would click nicely into place with this theory. In order to power multiple devices through a large array of coils, they would need a significant amount of power. “Overheating means they’re putting too much current into it, which means they’re trying to up the power level,” says Lumpkins. “My guess is they’re trying to pump out so much of a field, which is getting it to overheat.”
Apple boxed themselves into an electromagnetic corner. What they wanted to do was physically possible—and they surely had it working in the lab—but they couldn’t consistently meet the rigorous transmission requirements that are designed to keep us safe from our gadgets.
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Atta Elayyan was a Counter-Strike pro, an app developer, a national goalkeeper, a motorhead, and a victim in the Christchurch massacre. This is his story.
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Atta Elayyan, a former Counter-Strike pro known as ʼcrazyarabʼ, was among those murdered in the Christchurch massacre
The world is still reeling from the New Zealand Christchurch attacks that occurred on March 15, 2019. The deadliest act of terrorism in the country’s history left at least 50 dead and at least 50 more wounded. As news of the victims continues to trickle in, we have learned that one of the casualties of the massacre was 33-year-old Atta Elayyan, a legend of the New Zealand Counter-Strike scene who played under the nickname “crazyarab” or “[email protected]”
He was one of the most interesting men in the world.
Breaking into Counter-Strike
Elayyan, a Kuwait-born New Zealander, first discovered Counter-Strike in 2002. In his own words, while he never broke in with any major teams through Counter-Strike 1.3 – 1.6, his early adoption of Counter-Strike: Source paid off. When his old clan broke up, he moved on to join a “bunch of randoms” going by the squad name NewType. The team was unknown at the time but was committed to winning. The group spent hours playing and practicing together, until they had eventually taken down all of the top Australian teams.
Atta "crazyarab" Elayyan, a former member of Counter-Strike team NewType, was one of the 50 people murdered in Christchurch on March 15
Atta “crazyarab” Elayyan (bottom right) pictured with NewType, a New Zealand-based team that dominated the Oceanic region in the early years of Counter-Strike: Source
Elayyan documented his days as a pro CS:S competitor on the community forum, GamePlanet:
After my beloved .ar clan split up, I took a stab and decided to join the new kids on the block… a bunch of ‘randoms’ who called themselves NewType. Nobody had heard of Grudge, Atvar or Supertech at this stage but these guys were insanely hell bent on winning and we spent 6-7 hours a night, every night playing Australians where we eventually toppled all of their top teams. With most of the top CSNZ players still tied up in 1.6, we were fairly unstoppable winning xLAN after xLAN and nearly every online comp we entered. – Atta “[email protected]” Elayyan, July 13, 2012
NewType’s short run was one of dominance in the region. A list of the team’s accolades can be found on GamePlanet, which documents 7 first place finishes, and 12 Top-3 finishes, out of 15 events. Elayyan departed the team in 2008, and while he wasn’t around the scene for a very long time, he was a pioneer for the region and left a lasting impression on the community.
Life after gaming
While the man was an excellent Counter-Strike player, Atta Elayyan had no shortage of talents. If ever there were a way to move on to an even more interesting life after spending time as a pro-gamer, Atta lived it.
Atta Elayyan, developer of LazyWorm Apps, worked with Microsoft to create programs like Metrotube and Tweetro+
His decline in Counter-Strike only came as a result of focusing on final-year university exams for a degree in Computer Science. After graduating, he worked as a UX designer for FireTrust, a computer security company. Shortly after that, he started his own entrepreneurial project called Chatflow. Elayyan’s big break eventually came in 2010, when he and friend Mike Choeung got together to build Lazyworm Apps, a media solutions company focused on developing programs for the Windows Store.
Lazyworm went on to develop major apps like MetroTube and Tweetro+ and worked closely with large companies like Microsoft, Mediaworks, and Aramex. According to Nigel Parker, a principal software engineer at Microsoft, MetroTube was, at one point, the most popular app on the Windows store.
Elayyan was featured in a September 2012 keynote on Microsoft Ignite as one of New Zealand’s top Windows app developers. He was also recognized by CIO100 as “one of New Zealand’s most transformative technology and digital leaders” in both 2017 and 2018.
In an article for Medium, Parker spoke at length on Elayyan’s acumen as a developer, and his character as a person.
Atta had that rare blend of engineering and design. His strength was understanding people and building user interfaces that worked best the way that we do. He wanted to build consumer apps that delighted people and attempted to reach as many people as possible. He didn’t want to sell users to advertisers or build platforms that prayed on people’s needs to pay for the best experiences. Instead he poured everything into the software he created, made it available for free without ads or tracking data and then invited people to pay if they liked the experience. – Nigel Parker, Principal Software Engineer for Microsoft
Parker went on to note that, despite facing failures on a regular basis, Atta stayed positive. He’d mark every milestone by taking every member of his projects out to dinner.
@nzigel @kpatton awesome! It’s @LazywormApps tradition to go out for dinner after major milestones so how about you guys join us after ;)! — Atta Elayyan (@attaelayyan) March 7, 2012
Christchurch’s own Clark Kent
Making the transition from trailblazing CS:S pro to trailblazing app developer, Atta Elayyan spent a significant amount of his life on computers. But he wasn’t just your average nerd. He was just as much of a competitor physically as he was in the worlds of gaming and tech. As if his bio wasn’t already impressive enough, Elayyan was also the starting goalkeeper for the New Zealand Futsal Whites, the country’s national indoor-soccer team.
Atta Elayyan was also a goalkeeper for the New Zealand national futsal team
Photo from FutsalPlanet (@futsalplanet97)
According to New Zealand Football, Elayyan was a “hugely popular member of the futsal community” and competed in 19 A Internationals for the Futsal Whites organization. He was also a cornerstone of the Canterbury United Futsal Dragons team. According to Stuff, a day before the attacks, Elayyan had met with Ronan Naicker, a good friend and Mainland Football’s futsal development officer, to pick up gear for the Christchurch Boys’ futsal team. Elayyan was set to coach the Christchurch Boys’ High School team at the secondary school nationals at Wellington this coming Monday.
QUOTE | @NZ_Football Futsal Development Manager @margetts_josh: “To Atta’s family, we are deeply sorry for your loss. We can’t imagine what you are going through, but please know we love you and we are here for you during this incredibly difficult time.” #RIPAtta @MainlandFooty pic.twitter.com/tCcileWiUK — New Zealand Football (@NZ_Football) March 17, 2019
Naicker, who himself had coached Elayyan and the Canterbury Dragons to two national championships (and a Player of the Year award for Elayyan), had this to say on his friend’s tragic death:
He tried to give back to his old school by coaching teams. Even though he didn’t have the time he still found time and he did it all for nothing. He never asked for anything in return. He was a truly exceptional human being. – Ronan Naicker, Christchurch futsal development officer for Mainland Football
According to Stuff, he also worked with the goalkeepers for the Canterbury women’s team, who won the inaugural national league title this past February.
Beyond football, it seems Elayyan also had an avid interest in automobiles. He built a custom E30 340i V8 BMW which, according to a video posted on his own YouTube channel, won the award for Best 8 Cylinder Vehicle at a “South Islands Champs” show and shine competition.
A lasting impression
In the short time since it was discovered that Atta Elayyan was one of the 50 people murdered in the Christchurch massacre, the outpouring of support from the community has been resounding. Peers, teammates, gamers and friends alike have openly offered respects and tributes.
Atvar, a Counter-Strike teammate from NewType, shared the following words on GamePlanet:
I am honoured to have known Atta from our days back in 2005-2009 playing Counter-Strike. He was one of the kindest, and [friendliest members] of the [CSNZ] community. He never had a bad word to say about anyone, and in my two to three years of playing with him, I don’t remember him ever speaking in anger to anyone. He stayed with myself and my parents for the odd LAN and they found him to be a very polite and well-mannered individual. He was driven to reach his potential in all aspects of his life and also assisted others in fulfilling their potential too. I will cherish the times we spent playing together and hope to emulate your best qualities where I can. He really was the best of us in the [CS] community and I will miss you brother.
New Zealand Football Interim Chief Executive Andrew Pragnell had this to say:
It is still hard to comprehend what happened in Christchurch on Friday afternoon. On behalf of everyone at New Zealand Football our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who has been affected by these heinous acts of violence. My heart goes out to the futsal community. They are a very tight-knit group and this news of Atta’s death will be devastating for all involved in the game. We feel their pain and their grief.
Atta Elayyan was a goalkeeper for the New Zealand national futsal team, a sport that focuses on indoor soccer
Chris Sinclair, a former futsal teammate, who had eventually moved into refereeing, shared these thoughts:
I was a referee and he never had a bad word to say about anything. He’s just a genuine man – heart of gold, not only for his culture, but his family and the futsal community.
Good friend and coach Ronan Naicker spoke on Elayyan being a devout Muslim and how seamlessly he adapted to the culture in New Zealand:
He was somebody you would follow. He wasn’t someone that was trying to be a leader, he just naturally was by his personality… That’s why it’s so tragic because he set an example of someone that can seamlessly integrate across a faith, a community, and religions. It was never an issue when it came to that for him. Wedding card design… for my own wedding :D! pic.twitter.com/bdPmoKP2PA — Atta Elayyan (@attaelayyan) December 20, 2015
Said Ryan Batty, another former teammate of Elayyan’s from the Canterbury and New Zealand squads:
It was a great privilege to have known and played alongside such [an] incredible man. He has left a big hole in the futsal community and will be forever missed. Atta was a genuine, loyal, and committed man in every aspect of his life. He was well respected by everyone in the futsal community and you couldn’t have met a nicer man, who always made time for everybody.
Josh Margetts, the Futsal Development Manager for New Zealand, also once played alongside Elayyan:
Atta was a great man and well-liked by everyone in the Futsal Whites squad and the futsal community. There are no words to sum up how we are all feeling. There is huge hole in our hearts as we come to terms with the loss of a great person and a good mate. He will be sorely missed. To Atta’s family, we are deeply sorry for your loss. We can’t imagine what you are going through, but please know we love you and we are here for you during this incredibly difficult time. Rest in peace Atta. We can’t understand the hate, but we do know the love of our futsal community and you won’t be forgotten. Futsal people, our people pic.twitter.com/xuLfZKzlhz — Futsalplanet.com (@futsalplanet97) March 16, 2019
Nigel Parker, who was quoted above as a lead software engineer for Microsoft, added:
Atta Elayyan to me was one of those people that you are lucky to meet in your lifetime. He was a genuine leader, talented designer and inspiring entrepreneur… Atta was a friend who gave so much to everyone that knew him. What he achieved in his short life is more than most. He raised to the top of everything he applied his energy to, he took risks, he was unafraid of failure and he failed often, yet he was humble and believed in collaboration over competition in everything he did. There is [a] hole that has opened up inside me that will take time to heal but instead of hate we must stand together, encourage diversity and integration.
A memorial thread for Elayyan was posted on the Global Offensive subreddit and many fans, teammates and fellow Counter-Strike players also offered their condolences.
Gone, but never forgotten
Atta, an Arabic name, means gift or to give. By every account that’s come forth about the man since his passing, Atta Elayyan lived up to his name. He gave to his community. He gave to his teammates. He gave it his all in pursuing his passions. He was a relentlessly interesting and talented man that smiled in the face of adversity and took every failure in stride. In his short time on this planet, his kindness, charisma and work ethic touched many different people from all walks of life.
His own words give a glimpse into the man that he was.
I never thought I would ever be in a position to say this however I actually owe a lot to [Counter-Strike]. I would have never gotten into the tech industry had I not been obsessed with gaming during those years and the hours of focus, intense game play and desire to succeed has actually helped me alot in many aspects of my life. Of course, even if it was a complete waste of time, the people and friends I met during those years made it worth it Would I tell my 17 year old self to do it again?… Yep.
Elayyan’s father was with him at the time of his death and was among the few that survived the attack. Elayyan also left behind a wife, Farah, and a two-year-old daughter, Aya.
If you would like to support Atta Elayyan’s family, a GiveALittle initiative has been opened in his name.
Atta Elayyan, Counter-Strike pro, MetroTube app developer, Goalkeeper for New Zealandʼs national futsal team, and victim of the Christchurch Massacre
Atta Elayyan was just one of 50. Remember him, but don’t forget to remember the other lives that were lost that day, each with their own story, their own path, and their own mark on this world.
Pizza. Music. Baseball. Wrestling. Netflix. If society thinks it’s a waste of time, I’m probably addicted to it. Also, I write about stuff sometimes.
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Spacious. Minimalist. Clean. Bountiful white space has become the de facto design aesthetic in consumer apps.
And I’m not here to hate on the trend. Used effectively, white space is attractive and can greatly improve the usability of a simple interface. Long live bountiful white space!
But what about complex interfaces? Enterprise software designers know the ones I mean: technology-enabling control panels, data-intensive logistics systems, and number-heavy accounting systems. The tools our business users rely on to get their jobs done every day.
The protagonist is a well-intentioned UX Designer at a large high-tech company who was given a new project: Redesign an internal control panel that was ugly, hard to learn, and stuffed full of content on every screen (so much data). Everyone agreed it needed modernization—it looked like it was from the early 2000s, after all!
So this designer set out to solve the problem, taking cues from modern consumer apps.
The new design simplified every screen. It broke apart huge pages into smaller, more focused ones. It used progressive disclosure to hide presumably insignificant information. And since today’s users don’t mind scrolling (ahem), the design incorporated white space in all of the usual places—around headers, content blocks, and in table rows. The breathing room was glorious.
It lasted one month before the company was forced to retire it.
Users absolutely hated the new system. Sure, the old system was ugly, but it had everything they needed, right at their fingertips! Their jobs were incredibly fast paced—they worked in a tech support call center and were rated on productivity metrics. They didn’t have time to click or scroll to find information while the clock was literally ticking.
In their eyes, this new system wasn’t an upgrade, it was a boondoggle. It wasn’t just a little frustrating—it made them mad.
A large business by its nature has massive-scale data and usually thousands of users who directly interact with it—searching, manipulating, reporting, and more. They need to move through that data quickly, without a lot of digging around in the interface.
Think of it this way: Just like you wouldn’t appreciate a dictionary with only 10 words per page (so many pages to flip through!), enterprise users don’t want systems that make them work to find the things they’re looking for.
But that doesn’t mean your interface has to be ugly.
Well-designed data density can present massive amounts of information on every screen, while still maintaining a clear and scannable content hierarchy. Done right, users can quickly and accurately access the data they need, without impacting their ability to read text or interact with the application as a whole.
Following are some recommendations on how to increase data density without decreasing the modern aesthetic of your application.
Before you start shrinking your font sizes to cram more data on every screen, see if all of that data is even necessary. Ask yourself:
* Can I eliminate redundant data? So many systems accidentally display the same data multiple times with slight variations. (Massive tables are the first place to start looking for duplicative information.) * Are there things my users really don’t need to see right now? If you don’t know, ask! Are they really using everything that’s available to them? * Can I do a better job of grouping related information? Not every discrete data element always needs its own table cell, even if that’s how it’s stored in the back-end system. See where you might reduce visual complexity by combining elements — for example, by putting a customer’s first and last name in the same field.
Harder to scanEasier to scan
“Spacing is essential for rapid reading of long, fundamentally meaningless strings, such as serial numbers, and it is helpful even for shorter strings such as phone numbers and dates.” – Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style
Appropriate typography is essential in an enterprise application. Font weights, kerning, and spacing all affect how quickly and easily your users can scan information.
* Consider using monospaced numbers when comparing digits between rows matters. * Consider decimal-alignment of currency when dollars and cents are important. * Keep line heights narrow, but be careful to use enough white space to separate objects cleanly.
Reduce the color of less-important content wherever possible. Using a conservative palette in your design makes the color you do use more impactful and open to interactive or visual meaning—like in error messages (usually red) or link text.
In the above example, note the prominence of the single red highlight in the gray-themed table, thanks to the lack of other color. Each row suffers slightly in its horizontal scannability, but at the gain of increased table-wide scannability. Consider what is more important for your application.
In discussing making more readable tables, Robert Bringhurst notes,
“There should be a minimum amount of furniture (rules, boxes, dots, and other guide rails for traveling through the typographic space) and a maximum amount of information.” – Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style
When increasing the density of your application, think about which elements on your page are ultimately aesthetic and not valuable to the internal logic and visual structure of the page.
Sometimes you just can’t be dense enough. When dealing with large data sets, long lists, complex tables, or page after page of results, sometimes the best solution is to enable users to take that data to another tool where they can interact with it differently.
Consider adding affordances for your users to export the data they’re looking at (or a superset of it! what if your export could include more data than you can fit on the screen?) via XML, XLS, JSON, or CSV.
Unless you can safely rule out touch-based interaction, don’t forget about minimum sizes for touch targets. For example, Material has good guidelines for the layout of touch targets on their accessibility page that you should definitely check out.
In recent updates to Material, Google included new standards that increase data density, making it significantly more usable for enterprise applications. They have well-considered, specific recommendations that come with a ton of wonderful examples of how density can affect your layout.
Enterprise designers can take a lot of great cues from consumer design, but functionality must always be our primary concern. That’s because our users don’t have a choice, they have to use the tools we design—if they don’t think a system is usable, they can’t decide to just go download a different one. So we owe it to them to put their daily productivity first—always.
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I go to church with the guy who wrote this Op-Ed
As the father of Tad Mattle, #killed along with his girlfriend in a horrific accident (murder) in #Huntsville two years ago caused by the #illegal #immigrant Felix Ortega, I experienced first-hand results of unrestricted #illegal #immigration. Mr. Ortega was not just seeking a better life in the #United #States. He was a #repeat #offender with at least four #DUIs, was wanted in at least four other states for both #misdemeanors and #felonies, had five different #aliases, and was supposed to have been #deported in 2001.#buildTheWall #trump #Wall
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Dispatches from the online sex wars
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Tinder settles lawsuit over age discrimination
You can’t pay for ʼthe wallʼ with a porn tax
Health and beauty tech continues to fail pregnant women
Several states are investigating Facebook for mishandling user data
Detainee wins major literary prize for book written through WhatsApp
First person sentenced for SIM hijacking faces 10 years in prison
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Can’t even read it for the articles anymore.
[IMG]— Sex School (@SexSchoolHub) January 26, 2019
The erasure of erotic art, to me, represents a crisis point of culture, of democracy. Art effects the greatest change and empowerment when itʼs transgressive, scandalous, nude, erotic. Visibility matters. Art is where minds are opened, ideas challenged, viewpoints explored, where people who hate have a chance to be changed, even if for a minute.
When was the last time the internet gave you hope?
I can feel my anxiety climbing as I look for the voices of adult performers and sex workers online. The silence is so overwhelming itʼs suffocating. In 2018, an estimated 42 million sex workers worldwide were evicted from the open internet and essentially went into hiding with the passage of FOSTA-SESTA.
The censorship wave was unprecedented in internet history. Twitter, Facebook, and all major web service providers immediately changed their rules to tightly police what was posted and messaged about sexual content, by anyone. Entire online communities were kicked off services like Cloudflare (55,000 users of Switter), and hundreds of thousands were disappeared by the shuttering of safety forums and advertising-screening services. Reddit removed entire communities overnight. Recently, YouTube banned videos where people simply talk to sex workers.
The voices erased are the voices of women. Of gay and straight men, transgender people, the voices of people of color. These populations make up the majority of sex workers. So in America, FOSTA is analogous to how the World Health Organization is categorized as "pornography" in web filters used in Kuwait and the UAE.
The law legalized sex censorship online. FOSTA was pushed by Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook — who used their support of FOSTA to appease Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota). Thune pushes the false narrative that Facebook censors conservatives and previously said he wanted to regulate the company. FOSTA falsely states that consensual adult sex work is the same as sex trafficking, and was opposed by the Department of Justice, the ACLU, the EFF, numerous online free-speech organizations and actual sex-trafficking organizations.
FOSTA claimed to stop sex trafficking and has utterly backfired. San Francisco just released its 2018 crime statistics. The only violent crime that increased in San Francisco in 2018 was "human trafficking" — up by an astonishing 170%. These are not sex-worker arrests, which fall under a "vice" subcategory.
Before FOSTA, the voices of sex workers were readily available. Anyone could ask sex workers who they are, why they make the choices they do and what actual sex workers think about doing sex work.
It was an incredible moment because before free blogging and social-media sites, the only way we heard the voices of sex workers and porn performers was through media outlets that portrayed them as broken rape victims -- or sex-trafficked children. Adults having consensual sex for entertainment were not given a voice unless it validated a narrative of sin, of pain, of regret.
Now all the women (and LGBTQ, PoC) who could speak truth to any of this have been driven underground, silenced by algorithms, bans, and FOSTA-empowered 4chan troll brigades.
When was the last time you felt free on the internet?
I can feel my anxiety climbing as I type. Starbucks is filtering its WiFi with a secret porn blacklist. Patreon, Cloudflare, PayPal, Facebook, Instagram, and Square will eject you for getting near a sex business, linking to perceived sex sites, letting the wrong people use your online business.
Facebook recently banned sexual slang; YouTube bans users for sex ed or LGBTQ content because it might be about sex; Twitter has a mysterious sex-shadowban that no one can get a straight answer on. Tumblr canʼt tell a potato from a boob. Guides on sexual self-censoring are popular — and necessary. Google Drive scans your files and deletes what it believes to be explicit content. Apple just straight-up hates sex.
Itʼs critical at this harrowing juncture to understand that apps won, and the open internet lost. In 2013, most users accessing the internet went to mobile and stayed that way. People donʼt actually browse the internet anymore, and we are in a free-speech nightmare.
Because of Steve Jobs, adult and sex apps are super-banned from Appleʼs conservative walled garden. This, combined with Googleʼs censorious push to purge its Play Store of sex has quietly, insidiously formed a censored duopoly controlled by two companies that make Morality in Media very, very happy. Facebook, even though technically a darknet, rounded it out.
In fact, Facebookʼs FOSTA-SESTA law should share credit for its success with Morality in Media (rebranded as "National Center on Sexual Exploitation"), which claimed the victory as well. Morality in Media was also behind Appleʼs massive "sexy apps" purge in 2010. And Googleʼs 2014 AdWords sex ban was claimed by Morality In Media as a victorious outcome from their pressure and meetings with Google to crack down on porn.
When was the last time you thought of the internet as a weird and wonderful place?
We are on the other side now. Like everyone I know, my anxiety climbs as I open any new browser window, check any app or news site. As corporations have scuttled the weird and the wonderful, the taboo voices and forbidden artwork, we wonder only ... what hate will we see today? What attacks await, now that the common rooms and public squares are the playgrounds of racist and anti-sex algorithms, of incels and Nazis, of advertisers and corporations ruling platforms with the iron fist of dated conservative values.
Because it is women, people of color, LGBTQ communities, writers and artists who compose the majority population of sex communities, it is everyone who pays the price. It is a curtailing of our freedoms, period.
The people who excised the erotic artists and photographers from Tumblr, who decided that sex talk on iTunes podcasts must not titillate, those who implement anti-sex language filters in anything ... they will pay for it, too. Just not in the ways weʼd like (their pocketbooks, their conscience).
Theyʼll pay with a little piece of their soul when a young intersex girl canʼt find a healthy representation of pleasurable sexuality for her own body and decides that suicide is better than her oppressorʼs moralistic illusion of isolation. The ignorance behind the war on sex raged by the Facebooks, the Apples, the Googles, the advertisers, the algorithms, is not only dated, but dangerous. As women fight for control of our reproductive organs, as trans people fight for the right to use a bathroom, the trolls have convinced the gatekeepers that sex must be silent, and 4chan — acting on the urges of right-wing populists — deserves a voice.
I donʼt know what wouldʼve happened if the internet couldʼve been allowed to continue without the war on sex. But I know it wouldnʼt be the terrible place of anxiety and fear weʼre in now.
Images: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images (Picasso painting study for ʼLes demoiselles dʼAvignonʼ nude - Picasso Museum 2014); JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages (Starbucks); Joachim Beuckelaer / Jon Turi (Digital brothel painting modified); PORNCHAI SODA via Getty Images (Woman, hand)
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[IMG]By Violet Blue @violetblue
Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is the author of the book How To Be A Digital Revolutionary. She is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime, as well as a noted columnist. She is an advisor to Without My Consent, and a member of the Internet Press Guild. Ms. Blue has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is frequently interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of outlets including BBC, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal. She has authored and edited award-winning, best-selling books in eight translations and was the San Francisco Chronicleʼs sex columnist. Her conference appearances include ETech, LeWeb, CCC, and the Forbes Brand Leadership Conference, plus two Google Tech Talks. The London Times named Blue one of “40 bloggers who really count.” Ms. Blue is the author of The Smart Girlʼs Guide to Privacy. Find out more about her work in writing, sexuality, security, and privacy on her Patreon.
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