A piece in the New York Times examined how technology, and those creating it, are censoring the Internet. "The New Yorker found its Facebook page blocked for violating the site’s nudity and sex standards. Its offense: a cartoon of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Eve’s bared nipples failed Facebook’s decency test. That’s right — a venerable publication that still spells “re-elect” as “reëlect” is less puritan than a Californian start-up that wants to “make the world more open.”" The article cites numerous companies at fault, the most influential being Google. "Until recently, even the word “bisexual” wouldn’t autocomplete at Google." While some cases are a matter of cultural conflict, others show corporate influence. "How do you teach the idea of “fair use” to an algorithm?"
BBC Radio 4 will be broadcasting a 28 minute documentary on fanfiction and its writers on Monday, 26 November 2012 at 1600 UTC. It will be available online starting the first week of December.
In the documentary, novelist Naomi Alderman looks at internet fan fiction and its influence on popular culture by talking with both fanfic writers and professional authors. The documentary will also show how fanfic gives a voice to female fans. OTW Board member Francesca Coppa is one of the guests, as well as China Mieville, Henry Jenkins, and Ika Willis.