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This week, Sheila Warren and I talk to Hyperledger Executive Director Brian Behlendorf about self-sovereign identity, the topic of the column below. A developer whose three-decade career has seen him deeply involved in efforts to foster a more open internet, Brian grasps, like few others, the nuances of how human beings should live within a rapidly changing digital economy.

Getting internet identity right, 30 years on

We tend to think of governments, with the data they collect on births, drivers licenses, tax returns and passports, as humanity’s primary identity managers. 

Arguably, internet platforms have usurped that role. Some store more identifying records than China – Facebook has 2.7 billion active users; Google manages 1.5 billion email accounts. Just as important, they can tie those records to our online behavior and gather

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The 2020 vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris was much more composed than last week’s presidential debate but it was no less memeable.

Even before the debate was over, memes — born out of subtle moments — started dominating parts of social media platforms such as TikTok and Twitter.

Harris’ smirk became an instant reaction meme, jokes were lobbed about “RuPaul’s Drag Race” host and drag queen RuPaul’s fracking, and, perhaps the most viral, was the fly that landed atop Pence’s head.

Here are our top memes of the night.

RuPaul’s fracking

During the debate, Pence said the Democratic ticket would ban fracking, which Harris denied.

But the back-and-forth about fracking reminded Twitter of RuPaul’s interview earlier this year with NPR, during which he talked about owning land in Wyoming and appeared to reference allowing oil companies to frack on that land, according to the Guardian.

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Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie


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Amid the heated Vice Presidential debate in Salt Lake City, Utah, a stray housefly that landed on US Vice President Mike Pence’s head of thick white hair became an unlikely star on the social media. Notably, the fly stayed there for two-three minutes, however, Pence seemed acutely unaware of the unwelcome visitor’s presence as he made no attempts to shoo it away. But, of course, it took no time for social media users to spot it and thereon, the VP debate As was expected, the fly brought laughs and spawned a whole new cluster of Twitter accounts. The fly has now topped the list of trending questions from the debate, and amusingly so.

Joining in the fun, Biden’s campaign also tweeted, “Pitch in $5 to help this campaign

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Hailey Bieber, like most of us, is tired.

“Sorry, I’m yawning. I’m sorry!,” she tells InStyle over the phone.

The supermodel just returned to LA from Milan Fashion Week, where she was spotted with bleached brows and significantly darker hair than her signature buttery blonde.

But we get it. Feeling utterly exhausted is a 2020 mood, thanks to the stress of socially distancing for several months since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, and the impending Presidential election (more on that later). Plus, being jet lagged isn’t exactly the best feeling to add to that mix.

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That’s why Bieber, who’s known for having fun with her beauty looks (remember her cotton candy pink hair?), mostly prefers to keep her routine low key when she’s not on a shoot or a runway — especially while quarantining

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Jeffrey is the Co-Founder of Saw.com, focusing on domain sales and acquisitions. Visit Saw.com if you want to purchase a domain.

I love the internet. I love domain names, and I also love history. Being at the age I am, I had the opportunity to see the internet start as the wild west when it was thousands of message boards, chatrooms and loads of pirated music. The good old days were back when one of the most well-known taglines was “You’ve got mail,” Netscape was your browser, Clippy was crashing computers everywhere, Napster/Limewire was pumping music through Winamp, and Minesweeper was the staple game on every Windows Operating system.

This was a place where large corporations didn’t know what to do about the internet or perhaps even attempt to understand it. Some of these companies saw the internet as a fad and did not capitalize on the opportunity that

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The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden on Tuesday was marked by verbal jabs, name-calling and lots of crosstalk.

That hostility became instant meme fodder on social media.

Historically, presidential debates have been rife for memeing. The debates leading up to the 2016 election between Hillary Clinton and Trump were not only famously contentious but also a trove of timeless memes. Whether it was Trump leaning into the microphone proclaiming, “Wrong!” or Clinton shaking her shoulders after zinging Trump, many moments are still frequently used as gifs and memes on social media platforms like Twitter.

However, while many lamented online that Tuesday night’s debate was largely unproductive and stress-inducing as both Trump and Biden spoke over each other, several moments managed to permeate the chaos to become full-fledged memes.

Here’s our roundup of the best social media memes and moments from the first debate.

The Real

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  • MeUndies, a startup responsible for some of our favorite underwear, lounge pants, bralettes, and socks, has just added a couple of perks to its monthly subscription.
  • Subscribers will now get a discount on almost all of MeUndies clothes, and access to an exclusive print that’s revealed on the first Tuesday of every month. Previously, subscribers only got a discount on underwear.
  • MeUndies added these perks without raising the price of its subscription, which costs $14 per month for women’s underwear, $16 a month for men’s underwear, and $8 a month for socks, regardless of what style of underwear you choose.
  • As someone who’s had a MeUndies subscription for over two and a half years, both of these new perks make sense, and I plan on taking advantage of both to upgrade my wardrobe.

There

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