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Collision course – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

The walk from my house to the tube station has changed very little in 30 years. The houses and their front gardens look more or less the same, although at least two have been massively remodeled on the inside. More ...

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Unfortunately recurring phenomena – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

It’s summer, and the current comprehensively bad news is all stuff we can do nothing about. So we’re sweating the smaller stuff. It’s hard to know how seriously to take it, but US Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced the ...

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The Internet that wasn’t – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

This week on Twitter, writer and Georgia Tech professor Ian Bogost asked this: “There’s a belief that the internet was once great but then we ruined it, but I’m struggling to remember the era of incontrovertible greatness. Lots of arguing ...

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Failure to cooperate – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

In her 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Sweat, on display nightly in London’s West End until mid-July, Lynn Nottage explores class and racial tensions in the impoverished, post-industrial town of Reading, PA. In scenes alternating between 2000 and 2008, she explores ...

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Do you eat sand? Privacy in the age of AI – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Privacy, pioneering activist Simon Davies writes in his new book, Privacy: A Personal Chronicle, “varies widely according to context and environment to the extent that even after decades of academic interest in the subject, the world’s leading experts have been ...

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G in Genomics stands for Gullible – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

In 2011, as part of an investigation she conducted into the possible genetic origins of the streak of depression that ran through her family, the Danish neurobiologist Lone Frank had her genome sequenced and interviewed many participants in the newly-opening ...

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What the Internet is not for? – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

It may seem unfair to keep busting on the explosion of the Internet’s origin myths, but documenting what happens to the beliefs surrounding the beginning of a new technology may help foster more rational thinking next time. Today’s two cherished ...

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Misforgotten – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

“It’s amazing. We’re all just sitting here having lunch like nothing’s happening, but…” This was on Tuesday, as the British Parliament was getting ready to vote down the Brexit deal. This is definitely a form of privilege, but it’s hard ...

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Prognostalgia – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

“What seems to you like the big technology story of 2018?” I asked a friend. “The lack of excitement,” she replied. New stuff – the future – used to be a lot more fun, a phenomenon that New York Times ...

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Behind you! – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

For one reason or another – increasing surveillance powers, increasing awareness of the extent to which online activities are tracked by myriad data hogs, Edward Snowden – crypto parties have come somewhat back into vogue over the last few years ...

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