(RNS) Since her year without internet, Esther Emery has moved to rural Idaho, gone off grid and reconnected with her Christian faith — all things she said she’s not sure would have happened if not for the yearlong experiment.
AUSTIN (USA Today) The Anti-Defamation League is opening a Silicon Valley center to combat the rapid growth in online hate speech.
PARIS (RNS) The bill would allow abortion rights activists to sue websites that promote alternatives to ending a pregnancy or discuss abortion's possible psychological effects.
(RNS) More than 670 participating churches and nonprofits, many of them predominantly black or Hispanic, have new sites.
(RNS) Bible Gateway has introduced a new feature that allows people to use more than 330 emoji in keyword searches.
(RNS) The “Prayer of St. Francis” was not written by St. Francis, and many other great religious quotes can’t be traced to the famous people whose names are memed with them.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Francis, a professed technology "dinosaur," met with Eric Schmidt. But the pair may have discussed more than getting the pope up to speed with the digital age.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The free English-language Patrum app showcases a selection of works at the Vatican Museums, and invites art lovers to chat with others about pieces that spark their interest.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has decried the “filth” of online pornography and warned people against wasting time on their computers.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis isn’t keen on TV or the Internet and misses being able to pop out for pizza, telling the newspaper that “ordering one in the Vatican is not the same thing.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) A Michigan-based Islamist preacher whose online sermons have been a leading source of inspiration for foreign fighters in Syria is free to return to social media after restrictions on his Internet use lapsed.
(RNS) "Atheist Max" has written “Jesus is despicable” or its equivalent more than once in the online comments sections of religion news sites. While some may see people like Max as online trolls, they see themselves as therapists and online missionaries for unbelief.
BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) “We are starting to see a significant disconnect between what the church is telling people to believe about same-sex marriage and homosexuality and what people actually believe and accept,” said LGBT activist John Gustav-Wrathall. “I think the Internet has a lot to do with that."
BERLIN (RNS) The Gaza conflict has sparked a wave of counter speech, with organizations debunking anti-Semitic myths and stereotypes on blogs, forums and social media.
(RNS) There's a wild card that older-school religious celebrities did not have to contend with: the Internet.