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Counterfactuals – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net On Tuesday evening, virtual reality pioneer and musician Jaron Lanier, in London to promote his latest book, Dawn of the New Everything, suggested the internet took a wrong turn in the 1990s by rejecting the idea ...

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The opposite of privilege – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net A couple of weeks ago, Cybersalon held an event to discuss modern trends in workplace surveillance. In the middle, I found myself reminding the audience, many of whom were too young to remember, that 20 or ...

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Risk profile – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net So here is this week’s killer question: “Are you aware of any large-scale systems employing this protection?” It’s a killer question because this was the answer: “No.” Rewind. For as long as I can remember – ...

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Cost basis – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net There’s plenty to fret about in the green paper released this week outlining the government’s Internet Safety Strategy (PDF) under the Digital Economy Act (2017). The technical working group is predominantly made up of child protection ...

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Ubersicht – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net If it keeps growing, every company eventually reaches a moment where this message arrives: it’s time to grow up. For Microsoft, IBM, and Intel it was antitrust suits. Google’s had the EU’s €2.4 billion fine. For ...

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Equifaction – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net The Equifax announcement this week is peculiarly terrible. It’s not just that 143 million Americans and uncertain numbers of Canadians and Britons are made vulnerable to decades of identity fraud (social security numbers can’t – yet ...

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Going dark – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net “Democracy dies in darkness,” slogans the Washington Post on its morning emails and front page. This week, a case in point surfaced with the news that during the US presidential campaign Facebook sold about $100,000 worth ...

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The greatest show on Earth – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net on August 24th, 2017 “Oh, yeah, I’m going down Broadway.” “Working. I’m going to try to get a peek at it out the window.” “I’m going up to Centennial Park. I want to be real quiet ...

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Cage Match – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net on August 18th, 2017 “The robot”, a friend used to call his telephone answering machine. “The robot”, another friend calls his automated tea-maker. For its 2017 robot exhibition London’s Science Museum elected to focus on robots ...

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The lost generation – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net on August 11th, 2017 “I have young children at home. I have to be in touch.” The woman next to me in the stalls at The Book of Mormon in 2013 was defensive and a little ...

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