web theory

Unicode pioneer Michael Suignard has submitted a “Revised draft for the encoding of an extended Egyptian Hieroglyphs repertoire” in Unicode, trying to replicate the expressivity of the 7,000 hieroglyphs used in Greco/Roman times. His taxonomy includes over 2,000 awesome, well-sorted glyphs, including the all-important “phallus” and “liquid issuing…

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Cambodian dictator Hun Sen has ruled since 1998, and when an opposition leader used Facebook to challenge his election in 2013, Hun Sen teamed up with a fake news outlet called Fresh News to deploy a Facebook-based strategy to consolidate his control and neutralize democratic opposition. Hun…

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Unpaywall is a service that indexes open access repositories, university, government and scholarly society archives, and other sources that make articles available with authorization from the rightsholders and journals — about 47% of the articles that its users seek. It runs as a browser extension that adds notifier…

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In Nieman Labs’s “predictions for journalism in 2018” roundup, there’s Kawandeep Virdeeā€™s “Zines Had It Right All Along”: which celebrates the low-fi, experimental, handcrafted diversity of the golden age of zines (which was the environment that birthed Boing Boing, as it happens). As Tim Carmody writes, “They look…

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By Cory Doctorow Tim O’Reilly has his finger on the pulse of technology and the people who make it in a way that is unmatched by anyone in the world; the publisher of the world’s best-loved computer books, the host of technology’s best-loved conferences, the convenor of the most important…

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