What Is Fortnite?

What Is Fortnite? An Explainer For Old People by Rachael Krishna (BuzzFeed)
All you need to know about the game taking over the internet and apparently ruining classrooms.

Rachael Krishna in BuzzFeed: Fortnite is a co-op "sandbox" game set in a vast, open-world environment where players are survivors of a storm that wiped out 98% of the Earth's population. The survivors are also plagued by zombies. The game was released in mid-2017 by Epic Games, which also made Gears of War. You can play the … Continue reading What Is Fortnite?

It’s time to stop running from gaming addiction

It's time to stop running from gaming addiction (Eurogamer.net)
Hi, I'm Wesley, and I was addicted to World of Warcraft. I'm not talking about a, 'I played this game a lot because it's fun' kind of thing. I'm talkin…

Wesley Yin-Poole in Eurogamer: Underneath it all, I think the reaction to the WHO's gaming disorder is about the fear of facing up to uncomfortable truths about game design. We celebrate games that are addictive but we refuse to call them addictive, even though they have been designed to be exactly that. Developers want you … Continue reading It’s time to stop running from gaming addiction

‘It consumed my life’: inside a gaming addiction treatment centre

'It consumed my life': inside a gaming addiction treatment centre by Emily Reynolds (the Guardian)
As the World Health Organization classifies gaming disorder as a mental health condition, one UK treatment centre reveals how it is trying to tackle the problem

Emily Reynolds in The Guardian: Video games are enjoyed by millions of people around the world without any harmful effects whatsoever. Most players will never have to worry about it becoming a problem. But for a small number of people, what starts out as a fun hobby becomes a debilitating habit. Though behavioural addictions like … Continue reading ‘It consumed my life’: inside a gaming addiction treatment centre

The truth about gaming disorder, from Fortnite to World of Warcraft

The truth about gaming disorder, from Fortnite to World of Warcraft by Alex Hern (the Guardian)
As the number of young gamers has risen sharply, so have addiction narratives

From Alex Hern in The Guardian: Not only are there more young people – who are not great at setting boundaries – but there is also more visibility of all types of play: an eight-hour gaming session that might be guiltily shrugged off by an 18-year-old student in a university town can prompt concern for … Continue reading The truth about gaming disorder, from Fortnite to World of Warcraft

The 9 Russian Words That Explain KremlinGate

The 9 Russian Words That Explain KremlinGate by http://observer.com/author/john-r-schindler (Observer)
It’s International Talk Like a Chekist Day—here’s a quick primer.

A primer on the discourse of espionage from The Observer: This first thing we must do is gain a reality-based understanding of the SpyWar we’re in with Moscow. So, let’s walk through a few of the most important Russian espionage terms to shed some light on what’s really going on between Washington and the Kremlin.

Chris “Cal” Carnahan thread on Twitter

Twitter thread from Chris "Cal" Carnaham about Intercept piece and how to examine and respond.

The Curious Case of the Russian Flash Mob at the West Palm Beach Cheesecake Factory

The Curious Case of the Russian Flash Mob at the West Palm Beach Cheesecake Factory | Radiolab | WNYC Studios from wnycstudios
When Robert Mueller released his indictment a few days ago, alleging that 13 Russian nationals colluded to disrupt the 2016 elections, we had a lot of questions.

Radiolab podcast on February 20th, 2018. We don’t do breaking news. But when Robert Mueller released his indictment a few days ago, alleging that 13 Russian nationals colluded to disrupt the 2016 elections, we had a lot of questions. Who are these Russian individuals sowing discord? And who are these Americans that were manipulated?? Join … Continue reading The Curious Case of the Russian Flash Mob at the West Palm Beach Cheesecake Factory

The Evolving Organized Crime Threat

The Evolving Organized Crime Threat (FBI)
Citizens Crime Commission of New York

A speech given by Robert Mueller, III, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the Citizens Crime Commission of New York on January 27, 2011. Some of the key quotes: Since that time, we have seen a number of dramatic shifts–not just in our perspectives on terrorism, but in the way we learn, communicate, and … Continue reading The Evolving Organized Crime Threat

The Other Mr. President

The Other Mr. President - This American Life from This American Life
What it's actually like to live in the confusing information landscape that is Putin's Russia.

From the This American Life podcast: Since Russia meddled in our election, there's been concern that the fake news and disinformation that's so prevalent there could be taking hold in this country. But is that hyperbole? This week we look at what it's actually like to live in the confusing information landscape that is Putin's … Continue reading The Other Mr. President

The History of the Secret NSA-AT&T Buildings Across the Country

The History of the Secret NSA-AT&T Buildings Across the Country by http://observer.com/author/john-r-schindler (Observer)
NSA’s partnership with AT&T is perfectly normal and legal.

From The Observer: Yesterday’s alleged bombshell, “The Wiretap Rooms: The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities,” was trademark. Based on top-secret documents stolen by Snowden when he worked as an IT contractor for the agency, this incredibly verbose exposé reveals that NSA has partnered with private telecommunications firms for decades to accomplish its mission: the … Continue reading The History of the Secret NSA-AT&T Buildings Across the Country