Gigglebit: The internet in a nutshell

19 Aug 2014

Gigglebit is Siliconrepublic’s daily dose of the funny and fantastic in science and tech, to help start your day on a lighter note.

Like any sector, technology has a serious side, and it is often issues within this serious side that make headlines or that organisations need to explore for their business. Malware! Data breaches! Cloud storage! Do I really need this software? Which candidate has the best IT skills for this job? And what the heck is fog computing?

With Gigglebit, we turn the spotlight on humorous and/or amazing content about science and tech, because sometimes the lighter side should be taken seriously, too.

Today, WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange’s press conference with Ecuador’s foreign minister over the ongoing saga of the former’s exile in Ecuador’s London embassy took a rather unexpected turn during its broadcasting online.

In what was appearing to be a rather boring-looking affair, the internet gathered around and did what it does best, that is, make crude and stupid jokes in the chat section of the live feed that The Guardian’s web editor, Jonathan Haynes, noticed.

Man on chatroom image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic