While law enforcement agencies are still determining where the "DaddyOFive" videos were filmed and whether the videos contain abuse or criminal activity, much of the internet and the YouTube community has already decided — and they are seeking justice. The uproar is one of several local cases in recent months in which an online community has investigated and drawn exposure to perceived wrongdoing.
The sad truth is that, for all its power to foster commerce and connect us socially, the Internet is also home to repulsive and menacing forms of intimidation directed at both sexes. Its shadowy corners are safe havens for misogynists and other vile people.
Physicians, public health officials and mental health advocates hope the death of Robin Williams will bring new attention to suicide, the little-discussed and less-understood phenomenon that now ranks among the top 10 causes of death in the United States.
By By Scott Dance and Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun
We were delighted to see a video that captured the Water Wheel in action during a recent storm quickly went viral. After just a few days more than a half-million people had watched the video, and it had reached nearly 850,000 views as of late May, just a few weeks after the Water Wheel was launched. For a time the video was the top-trending link on Reddit, a popular online bulletin board, and it has received thousands of positive comments from viewers all around the Internet.
Governor Martin O'Malley today participated in an Ask Me Anything thread on reddit. The potential 2016 presidential candidate faced some tough questions. Here's a sampling of what O¿Malley responded to:
On May 15, the Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new rules requiring Internet service providers to disclose how they manage and prioritize web traffic while allowing them to strike "commercially reasonable" deals to juggle demand for bandwidth.
The FBI is investigating a former University of Maryland contract worker who said he took College Park administrators' personal information from the campus network and posted online about the stunt to draw attention to major security flaws.
Inside a drab computer lab at the Johns Hopkins University, a team of researchers is trying to build something that has never existed before: a digital currency that changes hands completely in secret. Its name is Zerocoin.
The mistakes made by social media and cable TV after the Boston Marathon bombings have continued reverberating with the discovery last week of the body of a young man falsely accused of being a suspect. We saw similar patterns after the Newtown shooting, and we need to look at this trend before the media get any further out of control.