Rape, Lies and the Internet: The Story of Conor Oberst and His Accuser

Last week, Bright Eyes musician Conor Oberst filed a lawsuit for libel against a reported "anonymous commenter" who posted on various websites that he raped her. But Joanie Faircloth was not anonymous—she left the original comments under her name, and her commenter account was linked to her Facebook. Her broad… » 2/28/14 2:45pm 2/28/14 2:45pm

British Dude Tries to Sell Girlfriend on eBay ‘As a Joke’

For all the strides the internet has made in its relatively short history, it's still primarily a bazaar populated by exclusively basement-dwelling people selling mostly useless crap, illicit crap, or actual crap crap. And the occasional human being, which, according to eBay's official policy, is forbidden. » 2/09/14 3:30pm 2/09/14 3:30pm

The Lady's Guide to Banishing Your Toxic Female Friends on Facebook

Today's the 10th anniversary of Facebook's bloody, screaming birth, and as such, it's a time of solemn reflection on the behemoth social network and how it's chanced how we live, and how we socialize. Specifically, it's time to talk about how to dance through the virtual land mine field of girl-on-girl unfriendings. » 2/04/14 3:50pm 2/04/14 3:50pm

Internet Solves Grandma's Secret Code 18 Years After Her Death

Earlier this week, Janna Holm posted images of a coded note card that her grandmother had created just before her death 18 years ago. Holm was certain that her grandmother, who died of cancer, was using these cards to communicate in some kind of secret code, but neither she nor her siblings could figure it out. When… » 1/25/14 1:00pm 1/25/14 1:00pm

Cyber-Harassment Is Real: Share Your Worst Online Creep Stories Here

One of the stickiest issues in the conversation about combating online harassment is the fact that it's, you know, online. The perpetrator is inside the victim's computer, not under their bed. It's easy for law enforcement and the public at large to dismiss cyber-stalking as "just trolling," as "boys will be boys," as… » 1/21/14 1:20pm 1/21/14 1:20pm

Kindergarten Teacher's Class Pic Shows Up on Her Tinder Profile

Apparently, elementary school teacher Jennifer Carnley has a Tinder profile, and is using a photo of her kindergarten class as her profile picture. This definitely seems like something that she could have done in poor taste — but given how invasive and confusing Tinder can be, it could also be an accident. » 1/20/14 4:30pm 1/20/14 4:30pm

We Must Not Shut Up About How Women Are Treated on the Internet

Anyone who genuinely cares about anything is bound to sound like a broken record from time to time. If you actually give a shit about a problem (and I don't mean a "problem" like "the co-op is out of Honeycrisps," I mean a PROBLEM PROBLEM), then you don't just lodge your complaint and sit back down while the world rolls on … » 1/08/14 12:40pm 1/08/14 12:40pm