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Hours after a baby is born, its internet presence begins — no matter what we try to do to stop it

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To mark the web’s 32nd birthday, Sir Tim Berners-Lee calls for internet access for all, a fight against abuse and misinformation, and more

Illustration by Rob Dobi for OneZero

Some rural residents, religious communities, and people who just like simple phones are still reliant on the vanishing network

Mia Lipsit in Manhattan, New York, on January 10, 2021. Photos: Yael Malka for OneZero

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In another era, Parler would have owned its servers—and remained online

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Illustrations: Timo Lenzen

Ben Gardiner: Courtesy of the Gardiner family via SFGate

As the AIDS epidemic spread, Ben Gardiner took to the nascent internet — and shaped the way we share health information online

‘If you’re going to have users generating content, you’re going to have users generating harmful content’

Facebook profile images collected at the 2015 Big Bang Data exhibition in London. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images for Somerset House

“I’m supposedly faking every single aspect of my identity for some Instagram followers,” one target says.

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Trackers piggybacking on website tools leave some site operators in the dark about who is watching or what marketers do with the data

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