Donald Trump
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BAD TECH

Why was Donald Trump’s blog about as successful as many of his business ventures, or his stint in the White House? Therein lies the key to what works and doesn’t work on the internet. Trump pal Ben Carson’s own online scam… er, venture, has a peculiar name. Google, Facebook and IT activists criticise more German laws enabling the use of trojans — a favoured tactic of security agencies in Australia.

Meanwhile, cybersecurity firms anxious to promote themselves are the ransomware industry’s best friend (after the Russian government). And if you’re like me and you prefer your journalism with lots of links to source material so the reader can draw their own conclusions, you’ll know that link rot is a very real problem. Link what? The older an online document, the more likely the links in it no longer go to the intended webpages. A new study explores how serious the problem is (very) and what could possibly be done about it.

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

“It’s a boomer power-play.” People really don’t want to give up working from home (but what about businesses that rely on business having people in the office?). How governments are happily selling out film industry workers to secure blockbuster productions (and it’s one thing to sell them out for a Marvel film or Star Wars — but imagine selling workers out for the sake of Bored of the Things…) A meditation on money and the access to the law it buys, and why there’s probably nothing we can do about it. And how a New York Times correspondent pandered to the Nazis in the 1930s.