John Kampfner In horror movies, the scariest moments usually come from the monster you can't see. The same goes for real life, or at least online life.
Paul Sheehan Google used to be holy. The company's motto was, and presumably still is, ''Don't be evil''. How about changing it to something more practical, like, ''Don't be irritating''? Google was once a...
Heckler Dozens of phone calls from thoughtful friends asking had I really been mugged in Manila? No, I had been hacked.
Richard Glover Idiots used to be corralled in places called pubs, in which they could bore each other with their crazy opinions while drinking themselves into alcoholic dementia but now — suddenly —...
Myf Warhurst This week, I got a special message in my inbox on Twitter. It read, "Hi, I'm 25, female and horny." I haven't had that many offers of late, and never one from her, so I knew something was wrong.
The Goanna It has all the informality and appearance of privacy with all the trappings of creating a public record.
Ross Gittins Is the productivity boost of mobile technology worth the hassle?
Ross Gittins I confess to a having an old fogey's ambivalence towards mobile phones. There are times when it suits me to keep in touch, but most of the time I don't want a phone taking over my life - or even...
Bruce Guthrie The paparazzi and editors give the people a magazine they want and deserve.
Alecia Simmonds In the late '90s, when raving meant dancing and sun-dried tomatoes meant culinary sophistication, I joined a group at university called the Activist Left.
All men are liars
Sam de Brito A US Gulf War veteran who calls himself ''Shoenice'' has clocked up more than 50 million views on YouTube with videos of himself eating stuff like sticks of deodorant, pencils, a jar of Vegemite and...
Peter Martin Harsh penalties for violating websites' terms of service are hugely out of all proportion.
Julia Baird A few weeks ago four words appeared overnight on a garage door in Manly in thick red paint, on a hill overlooking the ocean, dotted with frangipani trees and bandicoot holes: Anna is a SLUT.
Emma Young Can we please become less judgmental in our view of female sexuality.
Nicholas Tonti-Filippini Religious schools should have the right to employ whoever they see fit.
Gerard Henderson WITH Mayan followers foretelling the end of the world before Christmas, it was to be expected 2012 would be replete with hyperbole, prophecy and odd behaviour.
John Birmingham People with super big phones have always looked weird when using them as originally intended.
PLEASE everyone, spare me that pitying look on your smug faces when you ask for my email address and I say that I am not on the internet.
Russell Marks Melbourne public transport passengers are now stuck with myki, the new ticketing system which can only be described as disastrous.
NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF BEIJING: Want to buy illegal drugs in China? No problem - just go to the wild and woolly internet here and order a $50 or $100 package of methamphetamines, ecstasy or cocaine.