Cristina Engel

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As Thailand restricts internet freedom, cyber activists work to keep an open web

On June 9 2017, a Thai man was sentenced to 35 years in jail for sharing Facebook posts. The crime: he allegedly defamed the king.<p>This harsh sentence is just one example of Thailand’s increasing repression in the digital sphere. Since the 2014 coup, the Thai military junta has take a hard stance …

Privacy

„Finis Germania“: Eine absolute Ausnahmeliste

„Finis Germania“ Eine absolute Ausnahmeliste<p>Sollte eigentlich ganz objektiv auf einer Liste stehen: Rolf Peter Sieferles Bändchen „Finis Germania“. …

Your mom is killing your chances of going viral on Facebook

Unconditional love means unconditional likes. At least, that’s how it works with Chris Aldrich’s mom, who “auto-likes” everything he posts to Facebook. Family pictures? Like! A blog post titled “A New Low in Quantum Mechanics?” Like!<p>Aldrich, who has degrees in electrical and biomedical engineering, …

Google will no longer automatically populate search results as you type

Google will no longer automatically populate search results as you type because it just doesn’t work on mobile devices, and mobile devices are where most Google searches happen these days. Indeed, Instant Search is dead at last.<p>Remember when Google first introduced what it calls Instant Search all …

The Office Of The Future Will Be Natural, Chair-less, And Designed For Collaboration

If you go to work every day in a soul-sucking cube, we have some good news.<p>Office chairs that adjust to your body based on biofeedback. Walls that slide, shift, and change color according to worker needs. Three-dimensional printers that produce food and replicate office supplies. These are some of …

Crew of anti-migrant boat 'deported' from Cyprus over 'people-smuggling'

Nine people from ship hired by far-right group reportedly deported after being arrested for allegedly using false documents<p>The crew of a ship hired by a European far-right movement aiming to disrupt migrant rescues in the Mediterranean have reportedly been deported from Turkish-occupied northern …

The LG G6 isn’t selling well — but why?

Today, LG posted its Q2 financial results online, giving us some insights on how things are going for the South Korean giant. And it’s generally good news: the company is well in the green and its quarterly revenue is 4% higher than that of Q2 2016, hitting a grand total of $12.89 billion. However, …

EU’s draconian new copyright law puts an expiration date on startups

The Copyright Reform that’s being discussed by the EU now, could crush certain type of startups when they reach the ripe age of three.<p>“We know from entrepreneurs we spoke to that they would move their business outside of Europe if this law becomes a reality,” Lenard Koschwitz, Director of European …

First Lady Melania Trump Co-Designed Her Inaugural Ball Gown

There was much speculation surrounding the question of whom Melania Trump would choose to design her inauguration outfits. Many fashion followers had their money on Ralph Lauren and Karl Lagerfeld. They were right about the former; Mrs. Trump channeled Jackie Kennedy's blue suit from John F. …

Instagram Shuts Down Access From Other Apps

Facebook’s ongoing efforts to keep users within their own walled garden will soon result in the elimination of Instagram from third party apps, including Flipboard. On June 1, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, will stop allowing many third parties to access the images in its feeds. If you have …

Apps

Decoding Trump’s meaningless mantra: Making America great again for the sour, mean and delusional

“Make America great again” means whatever you want it to — at least if you’re a paranoid, small-minded white dude<p>Since launching his presidential campaign back in mid-2015, Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” has taken on a life of its own, becoming a rallying cry for …

The Best Ways to Organize All Your Digital Photos

Thanks to digital photography, everyone has a camera in their pocket and pictures are now instantly accessible and shareable. The only drawback is …

Apps

The 1% Now Owns Half Of All The Wealth In The Entire World

While wages stagnate, stock prices rise and the rich get richer.<p>If you’re lucky enough to be a member of the global 1%, last year was another good year to be alive (every year is pretty great, though). Your wealth bracket increased its share of global riches so that it holds just over half of …

Income Inequality

This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Hack Still Works Like A Charm

The “Ivy Lee Method” is stupidly simple, and that’s partly why it’s so effective.<p>By 1918, Charles M. Schwab was one of the richest men in the world.<p>Schwab (oddly enough, no relation to Charles R. Schwab, founder of the Charles Schwab Corporation) was the president of the Bethlehem Steel …

Stop Making Sense, or How to Write in the Age of Trump

There is a certain kind of abdominal pain felt only when a catastrophe appears at the door of the world you know and proceeds to bang on it. The …

The FBI is leading an investigation into Donald Trump’s connections with Russia

Trump is about to take over a government that has suspicions about whether he has been compromised by Russia<p>The FBI is leading a multi-agency investigation into possible links between Russian officials and President-elect Donald Trump.<p>The bureau will be joined by the CIA, National Security Agency, …

Trump’s relationship with the CIA is the “worst of any incoming administration”

Weapons in the interagency wars include leaks, threats of prosecution and bureaucratic sleight of hand<p>“You take on the intelligence community and they have six ways from Sunday of getting back at you,” said Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer to Rachel Maddow last weekend. “So even for a …

A look back at the best moments between Barack Obama and Joe Biden

The outgoing President and First Friend had more than their share of photo moments, but these were our favorites<p><b>Aliquippa, Pennsylvania</b> Saul Loeb/Getty <i><br>Senator Joe Biden and Democratic Presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama enjoy ice cream at the Windmill Ice Cream Shop while engaging local</i> …

A look back at the best photographs of Barack Obama’s quality time with kids

Our last president was at his best when he was rubbing elbows with the pre-voting demographic<p><b>Washington, D.C.</b> Pete Souza/The White House/Getty <i><br>President Barack Obama pretends to be caught in 3-year-old Nicholas Tamarin's web (while dressed as Spider-Man)</i><p><b>Washington, D.C.</b> Chuck Kennedy/The White House</i> …

Look Again: Inauguration Edition

Fascinating world views from inauguration day in Washington D.C. to Donald Trump protests in the Philippines<p><b>Washington, D.C.</b> Evan Vucci/AP <i><br>President Donald Trump salutes the Lincoln memorial during his Make America Great Again welcome concert</i><p>What I found amazing watching Trump's festivities was that …

The faces of inauguration day: A Salon visual essay

The swearing-in ceremony of Donald Trump attracted a wide diversity of looks, attitudes and opinions<p>The following photographs were taken in Washington DC on January 20, 2017, the day Donald J. Trump was sworn in as 45th president of the United States of America.<p><i>Click photos to enlarge.</i><p><b>Thomas Moore</b> …

The ACLU welcomes President Trump with a Freedom of Information Act request over conflicts of interest

President Trump will enter his first days as president facing a Freedom of Information Act request<p>The American Civil Liberties Union is welcoming President Trump to the White House with a gift — a Freedom of Information Act request about his numerous conflicts of interest.<p>"Trump took the oath, but …

‘American Carnage’: The Trump Era Begins

Most presidents view inaugural addresses as a rare opportunity to appeal beyond “the base.” This was base-only.<p>For my sins, I have read every U.S. presidential inaugural address ever given, and played a small part in writing one of them—Jimmy Carter’s, delivered 40 years ago today.<p>The first one I …

Political Science

Melania Trump, Wearing Ralph Lauren, Channels a Predecessor: Jacqueline Kennedy

Ralph Lauren has dressed his fifth first lady.<p>On Friday, Melania Trump wore a powder-blue cashmere dress and matching bolero jacket by the designer as her husband, Donald J. Trump, was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Though Mr. Lauren’s designs have been worn by first ladies …

Two Men Arrive in a Village

<i>Audio:</i> Zadie Smith reads.<p>Sometimes on horseback, sometimes by foot, in a car or astride motorbikes, occasionally in a tank—having strayed far from the main phalanx—and every now and then from above, in helicopters. But if we look at the largest possible picture, the longest view, we must admit that …

Artists

Brussels Terror: Belgian Police Find Bomb-Making Factory, ISIS Flag

Investigators carrying out raids after Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels believe they've found a bomb-making factory complete with chemicals used in explosives, nails and bolts.<p>Authorities are still hunting for one of three suspects caught on surveillance video as they pushed luggage carts …

Terrorism

Music streaming is getting bigger and bigger, but artist revenue isn't keeping up

The Recording Industry Association of America has released its annual report on the state of the music industry — and, well, things could be …