The day the internet broke

This week a technical hitch caused websites to wobble worldwide. Tom Chivers discovers the net is held together with chewing gum and string On Tuesday, at 8.48am British Summer Time, Verizon, a major US internet service provider (ISP), did something relatively mundane and technical: it took some big groups of IP addresses, which we can…

The rise of the internet anti-fan

The anti-fan is often misdiagnosed as a “hater” or “troll” (video contains strong language). In the old days, there were fans. They listened to albums, read books, went to films. Every so often one of them went mad and started stalking the object of their devotion, or got a tattoo of their face on their…

David Cameron, Phillip Schofield and mob justice in the age of the internet

[ooyala id=”swOHFxNjo8NoOcJSmlyXhxgd7ac6EuXU” ] Yesterday, I wrote about David Cameron, who was ambushed by Gordon the Gopher on national television and presented with a list of alleged paedophiles in the Conservative Party – a list he had gleaned off the internet “in about three minutes”. I want to return to it in a bit more depth,…

A Banned Words List for our commenters

We here at the Telegraph, we happy few, we band of brothers, have a thing which we call the “style guide“. It prescribes the words which we are and are not allowed to use in our efforts to provide you, the reader, with the information you require to go about your daily lives. Within that…

For news about the death of Ceefax, go to Ceefax page 418

If you’re of my age or a few years older, and a football fan, you will have a particular memory of Saturday afternoons: sitting in front of a dark screen saying “Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool” for an hour and a half, prodding the TV remote periodically to get it to refresh. The Saturday three o’clock…