New Tech Words


I always look forward to the new tech words introduces each year. This year is no different. Here are some wackadoodle new words and their meanings.

astroturfing: the deceptive tactic of simulating grassroots support for a product or cause undertaken by people or organizations with an interest in shaping public opinion.

basic: characterized by predictable or unoriginal style, interests, or behavior.

bigender: relating to a person who has two gender identities or some combination of both.

blackhat: a hacker who violates the security of a system for personal profit or for the gratification of causing damage.

brogrammer: a male computer programmer who is characterized as a bro.

cybercrime: criminal activity or a crime that involves the Internet, a computer system, or computer technology.

dark web: the portion of the Internet that is intentionally hidden from search engines, uses masked IP addresses, and is accessible only with a special web browser.

dox: to publish the private personal information of (another person) without the consent of that individual.

gender-fluid: relating to a person whose gender identity or gender expression is not fixed and shifts over time or depending on the situation.

gesture: a particular movement of the fingers or hand over a screen, used to control or interact with a digital device

hyperlocal: focused on a very small geographical community, such as a neighborhood.

revenge porn: sexually suggestive images of someone, typically a former romantic partner, that are posted online without the person’s consent.

USA Today has a longer list.


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