Welcome to Reading List, a brief tour of some of the wonderful tech reads around the web. Online vigilantism, government hacking, and a brief history lesson on the early internet are just a few great reads in store. Indulge in a lazy Sunday, at least for the next hour or so, and catch up on some long form internet.
- The yellow running man has been AOL's most recognizable symbol since 1997. But how did this iconography of the early internet come about? The Atlantic spoke with JoRoan Lazaro, the designer responsible for our yellow friend, and how exactly he came to be. [The Atlantic]
- Governments hack each other. In fact, we're pretty much certain of it, especially after the uncovering of Regin, a super-sophisticated spy tool thought to belong to the U.S. and U.K. intelligence services. But what exactly happens when one government attacks another? The Intercept details a hack-in-progress that occurred in the summer of 2012 with the U.K. attacking a Brussels-based Teleco, using the newly discovered Regin spyware. [The Intercept]
- When citizen journalism turns to online vigilantism, things can get messy. From the Aurora shooting in 2012—and almost every major national tragedy between now and then—citizen fact-finding is growing in popularity. Sometimes it can be helpful, but often it does much more harm than good. [Buzzfeed]
- Why are there so many selfies from the cockpit of planes? That can't be safe, right? Quartz takes a look at the social media policies of the FAA, and if selfie-obsessed pilots are needlessly putting their human passengers at risk. [Quartz]