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I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet

I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet
I was wrong. One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was "corrupting my soul." It's a been a year now since I "surfed the web" or "checked my email" or "liked" anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. And now I'm supposed to tell you how it solved all my problems. But instead it's 8PM and I just woke up. I didn't want to meet this Paul at the tail end of my yearlong journey. In early 2012 I was 26 years old and burnt out. I thought the internet might be an unnatural state for us humans, or at least for me. My plan was to quit my job, move home with my parents, read books, write books, and wallow in my spare time. My goal would be to discover what the internet had done to me over the years But for some reason, The Verge wanted to pay me to leave the internet. My goal, as a technology writer, would be to discover what the internet had done to me over the years. This was going to be amazing. Read next

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I AM OFFLINE! On Email Sabbatical from December 9 – January 12 I am offline, taking a deeply needed break while traveling. During the duration of my break, no email will be received by my computer. All email sent to me during this period will be redirected to /dev/null (aka “the trash”). If you send me a message during this period, I will never receive it and never respond to it. If you need to contact me, please send your email after January 12. PROTECT IP Act Breaks the Internet I am writing to you as a voter in your district. I urge you to vote "no" on cloture for S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act, on Jan. 24th. The PROTECT IP Act is dangerous, ineffective, and short-sighted.

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Internet freedom in 'global decline,' report finds Internet freedom in countries around the world has declined sharply in the past year despite a pushback from activists that successfully blocked some governments’ repressive laws, according to a new report. The study, by advocacy group Freedom House, looked at online trends in 60 countries, evaluating each nation them based on obstacles to access, limits to content and violations of user rights. It found that in 35 of the countries monitored, governments had expanded their legal and technical surveillance powers in regards to citizen's online activities. “Broad surveillance, new laws controlling web content and growing arrests of social media users drove a worldwide decline in Internet freedom in the past year,” the authors of the report concluded. Of the countries included in the research, Iceland came top in terms of giving its citizens the highest level of freedom.

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