Microsoft’s New Anti-Abuse Tools

Microsoft has announced it’s joining the fight against online harassment by launching two new tools: “one for reporting hate speech so that the company can take it down, and another for requesting that the company reinstate content once it comes down.” While most people tend to think of social media when it comes to internet bullying, Microsoft hopes that the new resources will make reporting …

Sotheby’s + eBay’s Online Art Auction: Contemporary Curated

Some 317 lots by leading artists in an incredible selection of works

Anyone who has attended a live auction can attest to the thrill of bidding wars and the chance to see rare, privately owned works. Through a collaborative online sale, known as “Contemporary Curated,” acclaimed auction house Sotheby‘s and e-commerce hub eBay are delivering that experience on the internet. Some 317 lots of post-war and contemporary art, ranging in price from $2,000 to over $60,000, are …

“Flashcrash Unlimited” at the Widget Art Gallery

The latest solo exhibition in this virtual gallery room, accessible by phone

The Widget Art Gallery (WAG) was created in 2009 by Rome-based new media artist Chiara Passa as a space to show art without any logistical restrictions: any time, anywhere, and for free. All you need to enter the virtual room is a mobile device and an internet connection—so you’re out of excuses not to visit. And due to the personal nature of our handheld devices, …

ART:I:CURATE

The new social online platform invites you to curate artwork from emerging contemporary artists and develop your taste

Art—thanks to the internet—is becoming more democratic and accessible than ever before. There are already numerous online platforms, like Artsy, which use the web to full advantage and encourage users to discover and experience art. Things are getting more creative, though, as the internet’s social aspect is being tapped by new platforms like Gertrude, which organizes intimate private salons hosted by an art specialist and …

Gertrude Salons

Intimate art experiences hit the web with the aid of an online platform

Kenneth Schlenker—a French-born tech entrepreneur and ex-Google employee—isn’t the most predictable person to disrupt New York’s stolid art scene. Several startups have tried to bring the art world online, mostly by creating marketplaces for buyers and sellers. But art is personal and highly social—e-commerce, on the other hand, not so much. “Art is more of an experience than a product purchase,” says Schlenker, echoing the …