Latest from Nancy Scola

Mapping the world’s 4.3 billion Internet addresses

How many IP addresses exist per person around the planet paints a picture of just how unevenly the Internet is distributed today.
  • Jan 7, 2015

The FCC just made it easier to complain about your cable company

Federal regulators are rolling out a new online system that will let consumers track the resolution of their cable, phone, or Internet service grievances.
  • Jan 6, 2015

Senators question FBI’s legal reasoning behind cell-tower spoofing

Senior Senate Judiciary Committee members ask Justice, DHS about the surveillance technology referred to by the trade name “Stingray."
  • Jan 2, 2015

Courts ‘choose’ to lag behind on tech, says Chief Justice Roberts

Why the Supreme Court opts to be, as the high court's highest justice puts it, "late to the harvest of American ingenuity."
  • Jan 2, 2015

This was the Internet’s worst, best year ever

The year 2014 was in many ways a mixed bag for the Internet.
  • Dec 31, 2014

The most important tech stories you may have missed in 2014

From Heartbleed to librarians railing against government surveillance, have a look back at The Switch's top stories of the year.
  • Dec 31, 2014

DOD wants to build drones that can buzz into bad guys’ doorways

The inspiration for the program? The goshawk, a bird of prey with a remarkable ability to navigate through dense woodlands without "smacking into a tree."
  • Dec 30, 2014

Not satisfied with Gmail, China seems to be blocking Google Search, too

Users in mainland China had been able to use the company's flagship service through its servers in Hong Kong, but that option appears to have been erased.
  • Dec 29, 2014

Why Hollywood is going after Google over prescription drugs

The entertainment lobbies' want to rid the Internet of bootleg movies and music. Getting rid of illicit pharmaceuticals first is a back door way of getting there.
  • Dec 23, 2014

More than half a million net neutrality comments went missing from the FCC’s downloadable public record

Just how many millions of times the public spoke on the issue has been the subject of fierce debate in recent days.
  • Dec 23, 2014