Internet



Zoom-free Fridays for all!

30th April 2021

We are all feeling Zoom fatigue – maybe it’s time to take a break. One thing we can say for certain is that Zoom has been the saving grace of this pandemic. It has allowed us to continue to live a somewhat normal life whether that is studying, working, or socialising. However, over a year ...


Portrait of a lady online

30th April 2021

A girl comes of age on the internet. Overgrown e-boy Elon Musk says: “We’re already a cyborg… You have a digital version of yourself, a partial version of yourself online in the form of your emails, your social media, and all the things that you do.” This horcrux-ing of our souls has created digital distillations ...


Release the beast, Bimini!

29th March 2021

How did one tiny drag queen unite the internet? Ciara McAlinden explores how Bimini Bon Boulash stole everyone’s hearts and changed the face of mainstream television. In these bleak times coloured by separation, constant napping and endless assignments, it came as quite a relief to hear that RuPaul’s Drag Race UK would be on our ...


Is piracy ever justified?

16th March 2021

Though it might’ve been a different story pre-pandemic, now it’s not. Think back to the time when you first got the internet and made use of the torrent sites to convert the YouTube video of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi into an MP3 to download on your iPod Nano. Or maybe it was Rihanna’s Shut Up and ...


Error 404: internet not found

2nd March 2021

To tackle digital deprivation, Sophia Smith argues that the university should provide WiFi access for students separated from campus. Like many others I’m currently studying at home, missing my West End flat. The privacy and adultness of it all seems like a distant memory. I’m starting to forget what the reading room looks like, and ...


The delights and dangers of internet communities

13th February 2021

From AOL to Tumblr and now TikTok, internet communities take all forms. Throughout history, people have formed communities based on a common interest – similar jobs, shared culture, or even supporting the same football team. In the age of the Internet, the idea of community has divulged into something virtual and can now span continents ...


Paypal joins the Bitcoin market

28th November 2020

Paypal’s venture into cryptocurrencies could introduce many of us into this virtual world of money. Bitcoin is an innovative form of cryptocurrency that arose to address economic problems related to centralised currency. Because Bitcoin is not a physical form of currency, it can be a little daunting, but it’s quite simple.  As the first form ...


TikTok: it’s time to protect users

24th October 2020

Michael Wright compares the toxic side of Tumblr to the appearance of similar tropes on TikTok.  Content Warning: Contains references to suicide, self-harm, and eating disorders.  It’s likely that you’ve heard about TikTok; but what exactly is TikTok? The answer is not as simple as it may seem. If you google it, you’ll read that ...


The internet… underwater?

22nd October 2020

Many are unaware of the environmental issues data centres create but placing them underwater may just be the solution. Water-cooled computers are nothing new to your friendly neighbourhood techy, but Microsoft has gone one step further with their Project Natick which entered its final phase this July. Two years ago, Microsoft sank a 40-foot-long cylinder ...