Everyone is used to thinking of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as That Obnoxious Rich Guy - but when it comes to the kings of social networking, it is VKontakte creator Pavel Durov who really takes the cake.
Last week, Muscovites got treated to a peculiar sight: a huge green cloud over the city. Because I grew up in North Carolina, my immediate thought upon seeing it (I was jogging to the House of Journalists at the time, running late for a film screening) was “tornado.”1
Most Internet users are familiar with Godwin’s law - an observation, made all the way back in 1990 by author and lawyer Mike Godwin, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches.”
In my news story on the Dzhigurda debacle (to re-cap: in a new viral video, a Russian singer clashed with a guy who was trying to skip in line at the notoriously slow and inefficient Federal Migration Service. What the singer failed to realize that for people who register online, using a government portal called Gosuslugi means not having to wait in line. Hilarity ensued. “Chewbacca” was used as an insult.), I focused on the fact that it’s ignorance of what e-government is and how it works that drives such incidents.
Late in the evening, as I was busy trying to keep a cranky baby happy while simultaneously catching up on the last season of “The Walking Dead” (what do babies have to do with zombies? Well, both are relentless, for a start), the long-awaited e-mail announcement from Instagram arrived.1
Girls, the stereotype decrees, are allergic to science and technology. But as a card-carrying member of the smarter sex who wears the scars from school playground "anti-nerd" bullies like a badge of honor, I'm here to tell you that myths like that are being consigned to the "delete" file of history faster than you can say... neutrinos. In this space you'll hear from me about discoveries and gadgets, breakthroughs in theory and applications in practice, about The World of The Geek in Russia and Beyond as she, and he, steadily inherit the earth.
Natalia Antonova is the deputy editor of The Moscow News.