For millions of Brazilians, the Earth is flat | AFP

According to Anderson Neves, the Earth is flat and does not rotate, the sun and the moon are close to the world, within a large dome that surrounds our flattened planet. Like him, 7 percent of the Brazilian population think that the Earth is flat, according to the Brazilian polling institute Datafolha (2019), and the movement is particularly active on the Internet and social media platforms.

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By train, bus, truck and foot: the grueling journey to Internet in Kashmir | AFP

They travel by train, by bus, by truck and by foot over the course of two days: in cut-off Kashmir, getting access to the internet comes at a price.

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French satellite set to bring widespread broadband to Africa | AFP

The French satellite specialist Thales Alenia Space is about to send a 3.6-ton geostationary spacecraft ordered by Eutelsat into space. Both groups intend to provide a low-cost solution to provide high-speed Internet to most of Africa as well as to rural areas in southern Europe.

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8chan: Hate and the Internet I VICE News Tonight Special Report

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8Chan: Hate and the Internet (Trailer) | VICE News Tonight on HBO Special Report

How did 8chan become a place where nazis thrive, mass shooters post their manifestos, and users celebrate those shooters in real-time?

On a VICE News Tonight special report, Elle Reeve meets the man who created it. He says “it should never come back.”

Watch it tonight at 7:30 PM EST on HBO.

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Cuba expands its access to the Internet | AFP

Cubans are able to have WiFi in their homes, another step forward in the diffusion of the internet, which Cuba’s Vice-Minister of Communications says is a tool to defend the revolution.

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How Science Changed Sci-Fi About Mars

Without science fiction, you might not be reading this. You also might not be doing your holiday shopping on Amazon while streaming a John Legend’s new Christmas Album on Spotify and looking for a “cuffing season” buddy on Hinge. In short, if not for sci-fi, you might not be taking part in any of the modern wonders the Internet has bestowed upon us.

This is because Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, may never have conceived of the idea if not for Arthur C. Clark’s “Dial F For Frankenstein,” a short science fiction story that first appeared in Playboy and helped inspired the young inventor. It’s just one example of the symbiotic relationship science and science fiction have had throughout modern history.

VICE News recently spoke with noted science fiction authors and scholars, including The Martian author Andy Weir and The Expanse co-authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Frank, for a series exploring the often inspiring, occasionally terrifying, and always thought-provoking ways science and sci-fi have overlapped and shape the world around us.

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How Sci-Fi Inspires Real Innovations (Like The Internet)

VICE News recently spoke with noted science fiction authors and scholars, including The Martian author Andy Weir and The Expanse co-authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Frank, for a series exploring the often inspiring, occasionally terrifying, and always thought-provoking ways science and sci-fi have overlapped and shape the world around us.

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How Science Is Becoming More Like Sci-Fi

Without science fiction, you might not be reading this. You also might not be doing your holiday shopping on Amazon while streaming a John Legend’s new Christmas Album on Spotify and looking for a “cuffing season” buddy on Hinge. In short, if not for sci-fi, you might not be taking part in any of the modern wonders the Internet has bestowed upon us.

This is because Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, may never have conceived of the idea if not for Arthur C. Clark’s “Dial F For Frankenstein,” a short science fiction story that first appeared in Playboy and helped inspired the young inventor. It’s just one example of the symbiotic relationship science and science fiction have had throughout modern history.

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Is Mars The Future Of Space Tourism?

Without science fiction, you might not be reading this. You also might not be doing your holiday shopping on Amazon while streaming a John Legend’s new Christmas Album on Spotify and looking for a “cuffing season” buddy on Hinge. In short, if not for sci-fi, you might not be taking part in any of the modern wonders the Internet has bestowed upon us.

This is because Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, may never have conceived of the idea if not for Arthur C. Clark’s “Dial F For Frankenstein,” a short science fiction story that first appeared in Playboy and helped inspired the young inventor. It’s just one example of the symbiotic relationship science and science fiction have had throughout modern history.

VICE News recently spoke with noted science fiction authors and scholars, including The Martian author Andy Weir and The Expanse co-authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Frank, for a series exploring the often inspiring, occasionally terrifying, and always thought-provoking ways science and sci-fi have overlapped and shape the world around us.

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How Sci-Fi Reflects Our Hopes And Dreams

Without science fiction, you might not be reading this. You also might not be doing your holiday shopping on Amazon while streaming a John Legend’s new Christmas Album on Spotify and looking for a “cuffing season” buddy on Hinge. In short, if not for sci-fi, you might not be taking part in any of the modern wonders the Internet has bestowed upon us.

This is because Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, may never have conceived of the idea if not for Arthur C. Clark’s “Dial F For Frankenstein,” a short science fiction story that first appeared in Playboy and helped inspired the young inventor. It’s just one example of the symbiotic relationship science and science fiction have had throughout modern history.

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‘Ralph’ stars’ introductions to the Internet

(19 Dec 2018) “Ralph Breaks the Internet” stars Taraji P. Henson and John C. Reilly remember their long-ago introductions to the World Wide Web — through a cousin’s job and an addictive computer game. (Dec. 18)

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ShowBiz Minute: Critics Awards, Kid Rock, US Box Office

(10 Dec 2018) “Roma,” Olivia Colman and Ethan Hawke honored by LA Film Critics Association; Kid Rock pays off layaway items of hundreds of Walmart customers in Tennessee; “Ralph Breaks the Internet” retains U.S. box office top spot. (Dec. 10)

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Feminist Apparel CEO Confessed To Sexual Misconduct And Then Fired His Staff (HBO)

Alan Martofel is the CEO of Feminist Apparel, a T-shirt company run out of a New Jersey strip mall.

After Donald Trump’s election, a number of Feminist Apparel campaigns and products went viral—and its shirts were a common sight at women’s marches. It was a Hashtag Resistance success story, with 360,000 followers on social media and a growing staff.

But this past July Feminist Apparel became the focus of a global Internet shitstorm, when Alan fired all but one of his employees.

It started five years ago, when Alan wrote a Facebook post admitting to having ”grinded up on women on buses and at concerts without their consent” and once putting “a woman’s hand on my dick while she was sleeping.”

He cataloged his sins, apologized, and declared the creation of Feminist Apparel his “humble attempt” at penance.

The post was public — and has since been deleted. But his employees had no idea. And when they discovered it, they were furious.

Alan had other ideas. Feminist Apparel would remain in business. But in an email to staff, he informed 9 of his 10 employees that they had been fired.

Feminist Apparel’s ex-employees say that the truth about the company’s founding is only part of their problem with Alan. ​​ ​

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Is there such a thing as a ‘good censor’? Google thinks so…

When it comes to policing the web, Google thinks it knows what’s best for us. A leaked company briefing called ‘The Good Censor’ outlines it, and indeed more of the Internet’s behemoths, including Facebook & Twitter, are grappling with how they censor content. And that it’s done for our own good. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9g53

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Main Squeeze – Hospitality In The Park 2018 Mix

We are getting ready for the sold out Hospitality In The Park this Saturday and Main Squeeze have treated us to a special mix to get you warmed up!

Part 001 | BobaFatt

Hospital – Suff Daddy
Livid – Eliza
Barbie Dreams – Nicki Minaj
Tribe – Bas & J Cole
Sugar Free – Casisdead
Fear Of A Flat Planet – Children of Zeus ft. LayFullStop
Look What You Started – The Internet
Lost Souls – H.E.R. ft. DJ Scratch
A Song About Timing – Swarvy & MNDSGN ft. Nia Andrews
Reach For The Sky – LEVELZ
Keep It G – IAMDDB x Dylan

Part 002 | Mo Fingaz

Paper Houses feat DRS – Skeptical
Natural Organic – D Double E ft. AJ Tracey
Release Some Tension – SWV ft. Foxy Brown
Queen Tings – Masego ft. Tiffany Gouche
Flava In Ya Ear (Tall Black Guy Remix) – Craig Mack ft. B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes
Slanted – Tim Parker
Jet Lag – Ivy Lab
Wet Looking Road – Everything Is Recorded ft. Giggs
Phat Punani – Leftside
Bad Energy (Stay Far Away) – Skepta ft. Wizkid
Black Madonna – Lady Leshurr ft. Mr Eazi
London Town – Mr Eazi ft. Giggs
Brakes – P-rallel

Part 003 | BobaFatt

Spectrum – Goldlink
Breaking – Kyodai
This Is America (Aroop Roy bruckup) – Childish Gambino
Your Dreams Don’t Mean A Thing – Kaidi Tatham
Gamma Riddim – EVM128
Shango – Wajeed
Vibrations (Zed Bias remix) – Children of Zeus
Wicked Vibez – Dusk & Blackdown ft. MC GQ
Devour – Little Simz
P.B.E. (vs. Jon Forte) (Vocal Old Skool mix) – London Elektricity
Pick Up The Pieces (Skeptical remix) – Zed Bias

Part 004 | Mo Fingaz

Walk On By – Lenzman
Remember Me (Remix) – SpectraSoul
Badboy Business – Shy FX ft. Kate Stewart & Mr Williamz
Stratford Riddim – Pola & Bryson
Arkestra – Ivy Lab
Only U – Response
Grey Days – S.P.Y
Roll The Drums – Danny Byrd
In My Mind – Lenzman ft. IAMDDB

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India Shuts Down The Internet More Than Any Other Country (HBO)

Last week, India celebrated 71 years of independence from Great Britain, marking its birth in 1947 as the world’s largest democracy. But in 2012, it started taking a not-so-democratic approach at enforcing public safety: turning off the Internet.

Internet shutdowns were first notably used during the Arab Spring in 2011, when some regimes tried to prevent protestors who relied on social media from organizing online.

Today, India employs more internet blackouts than any other country in the world. The Internet has been turned off 97 times already this year, 18 more times than in all of 2017.

The first documented shutdown happened six years ago in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, where battles between separatists and the military are commonplace. Officials here feel that blackouts are an important part of maintaining security and turned off the internet ahead of Independence Day celebrations.

With at least 37 blackouts this year, the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir have their internet cut off more than residents of any other state in India.

“It’s a human right for every person to use internet” says Iqra Ahmed, a Kashmiri fashion entrepreneur. “I don’t have a physical store, so if Internet is banned, my whole business does not work properly, actually.”

A recent study estimates that from 2012 to 2017, Internet blackouts have cost the country over $3 billion in lost revenue.

India has taken massive steps to expand its digital infrastructure through Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Digital India” program. In 2015, India overtook America as the second largest nation online and now has more than 462 million internet users.

Last August, the government codified rules to the colonial-era telegraph laws to regulate Internet blackouts, which have since only increased, both in scope and frequency.

“These shutdowns seem to be spreading from border states to much more of mainland India” says Apar Gupta, a co-founder of the Internet Freedom Foundation. “It’s becoming a regular tool of administrative practice.”

This year, the state of Rajasthan has shut the Internet down on three different occasions in attempts to prevent cheating on exams. Gupta worries that more shutdowns will affect Indian democracy.

“Internet shutdowns are completely unacceptable in any democratic system. It eventually only causes a greater amount of lack of trust between citizens and the government itself and gives them a sense that they’re not being heard.”

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We Went To The Fake Sneaker Capital Of China (HBO)

After the sun sets in Putian, thousands of bikes carrying fake sneakers hit the streets.

The lace-up black market is no secret in Putian, and it’s where you can find Chan, a vendor with a knack for getting high-quality pairs off the streets and into the hands of hypebeasts on the other side of the globe.

With rubber, he struck gold.

“I’ve spoken to some of our customers some of them are high school students some are college students university students. So yeah these are our main crowd you generally,” Chan told VICE News. “It’s usually the kids themselves were very resourceful. They understand about replicas they understand that these are high-quality sneakers and they come finding you saying, hey I’d like to buy some high-quality replicas from you.”

And while vendors are subject to police raids and potential lawsuits, Chan has been able to stay afloat. These days, the only thing slowing his business down is nitpicky sneakerheads.

“Unfortunately, it’s just the hard and fast rules of doing business. You meet difficult customers. You’ll meet cheaters, you meet scammers who will be out there to cheat you off a pair of shoes,” Chan said. “So, unfortunately, this kind of thing happens, especially when you’re on a public domain like the Internet.”

VICE News met up with Chan at his headquarters to see how his business is racing ahead.

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QAnon Adds Conspiracy Theories to Trump Support

(3 Aug 2018) Who is Q? A look at the Internet political conspiracy theory that is emerging at Donald Trump rallies. (Aug. 3)

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