An Online Library Is Venturing Into Uncharted Legal Waters

An Online Library Is Venturing Into Uncharted Legal Waters

One of the casualties of coronavirus-related social distancing measures has been public libraries, which are shut down in many communities around the world. This week, the Internet Archive, an online library best known for running the Internet’s Wayback Machine, announced a new initiative to expand access to digital books during the pandemic.ARS TECHNICAThis story originally…

It’s Time to Face Facts, America: Masks Work

It’s Time to Face Facts, America: Masks Work

When you look at photos of Americans during the 1918 influenza pandemic, one feature stands out above all else: masks. Fabric, usually white gauze, covers nearly every face. Across the country, public health experts recommended universal mask wearing, and some cities ordered residents to wear them under penalty of fine or imprisonment. The Red Cross…

This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For

This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For

The shock itself is shocking. Shouldn’t we have been more prepared? Hasn’t culture been drenched in catastrophe porn for decades? The bomb. The breakdown. The fallout. The senseless armies of shambling corpses, all the nightmares of dead generations sliding out of our screens. For more than a decade, young and young-ish people have been living…

The Covid-19 Pandemic Aggravates Disputes Around Gig Work

The Covid-19 Pandemic Aggravates Disputes Around Gig Work

The rapidly spreading novel coronavirus is supercharging a debate about the treatment of gig workers. The relief bill signed Friday by President Trump will provide a short-term lifeline. But some workers for companies such as Uber, Lyft, Postmates, Instacart, and Amazon worry the help won’t come soon enough.Today, many gig workers are considered independent contractors,…

Today’s Cartoon: Watercooler Talk

Today’s Cartoon: Watercooler Talk

Monday, March 30, 2020. By Mick Stevens, with cartooncollections.com. These days Zoom is the new watercooler. Follow WIRED’s tips and become a videoconferencing power user. Every weekday, WIRED publishes a new cartoon about the worlds of science and technology. Check back here for more laughs throughout the week. And if that’s still not enough, you…