Instagram Is Asking Users To Prove Their Identities with Government IDs

If you're not claiming to be famous, normally people couldn't care less who you say your are on the Internet. In fact, most people actively don't care. Instagram isn't in that crowd however. After its recent TOS update, it's been harassing more and more users to confirm their identities with pictures of… » 1/26/13 4:00pm 1/26/13 4:00pm

How to Create a Fake "Online Girlfriend"

By now you've heard about Notre Dame star linebacker Mantai Te'o and his fabricated internet girlfriend. There are a lot of reasons and ways that this could have happened. Te'o claims that he was duped and not behind the accounts, but regardless of who is to blame, this was a deep, meticulously planned deception in… » 1/17/13 12:40pm 1/17/13 12:40pm

This Portrait Is Actually Hand Drawn with 2.1 Million Dots

This is a portrait of Benjaman Kyle. He's a man who doesn't know anything about himself. Literally. He was unconscious when he was discovered behind a fast food restaurant in Georgia and had no belongings, severe sunburns, was nearly blind and had no idea who he was. Benjaman Kyle, which isn't even his real name,… » 12/18/12 10:00pm 12/18/12 10:00pm

Nobody Uses Their Real Name Online, and Other Outdated Notions

Usernames and anonymity have their place. But is it time to move toward using our true identities online? A personal reflection on the past, present, and future of names on the Internet. » 8/25/11 1:20pm 8/25/11 1:20pm

I'm sure there are people at Google who have thought of all these things already. It's always easier to sit…

Google+'s New "Verified Profiles" Feature: Redundant?

Looks like Google+ is following Twitter's lead on the whole "Verified Account" thing, letting you know for sure if you have the real Kim Kardashian in your circle or not. But, considering their stringent "real names" policy, what's the point? » 8/20/11 9:00am 8/20/11 9:00am

Researchers Announce '100% Accuracy' In Facial Recognition

Psychology researchers from Glasgow University have just announced that they've developed a facial recognition algorithm that's 100% accurate in their testing. The technique essentially averages 20 photos into one composite but is able to disregard confounding variables like age, lighting, expression and camera… » 1/28/08 10:26am 1/28/08 10:26am