Artificial Intelligence and children’s rights

January 21, 2021

The industrial revolution would not have been possible without child labour. Is this current industrial revolution, driven by automation and data, also dependent upon child labour (at least conceptually)?


Discord as community and social infrastructure

January 15, 2021

This time last the year the pandemic was still considered an epidemic, and Discord considered itself a chat service for gamers. A year later and the pandemic may not yet have reached its peak, and Discord, now focused on general chat, is also flourishing.


Is this China’s technology moment?

January 14, 2021

It can be difficult to get credible and accurate reports about what is happening in China, especially when it comes to technology (and the Chinese tech industry). However over the past couple of months there has been a notable shift in both Chinese government policy and the state of China’s technology companies


Society as a Potemkin Village

January 4, 2021

If I were to create a word cloud of the thoughts I had this past year, a big (and recurring) phrase would be Potemkin Village or at least Potemkin. I tried throwing the phrase or name into Twitter to see what comes up and the results were far too many and sprawling to be of much use. Although this could also be a reflection of the algorithm’s inability to grasp the significance of the phrase.


Is the Internet too centralized?

December 29, 2020

The Internet was designed to be a decentralized communications network that could survive a catastrophic event such as a nuclear attack. In doing away with a centre, a network of networks could be resilient enough to manage if not transcend an isolated incident or a key node going offline.


SolarWinds and the hypocrisy of cybersecurity

December 21, 2020

We’re in the midst of what may be the largest computer security incident in years, or decades, or maybe even to date. And while it is both severe and geopolitically important, it also illustrates the hypocrisy that surrounds cybersecurity.




Mark E. Jeftovic

Mark is the co-founder of easyDNS and the editor-in-chief of #AxisOfEasy. He is the author of Managing Mission Critical Domains & DNS (Packt UK, 2018) and Unassailable: Protect Yourself from Deplatform Attacks & Cancel Culture. 


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