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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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Digital rights management – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on Net.Wars “I think we would distinguish between the Internet and Facebook. They’re not the same thing.” With this, the MP Damian Collins (Conservative, Folkstone and Hythe) closed Tuesday’s hearing on fake news, in which representatives of nine ...

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The Brother proliferation – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net There’s this about having one or two big threats: they distract attention from the copycat threats forming behind them. Unnoticed by most of us – the notable exception being Jeff Chester and his Center for Digital ...

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Escape from model land – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

“Models are best for understanding, but they are inherently wrong,” Helen Dacre said, evoking robotics engineer Bill Smart on sensors. Dacre was presenting a tool that combines weather forecasts, air quality measurements, and other data to help airlines and other ...

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Aspirational intelligence – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net “All commandments are ideals,” he said. He – Steven Croft, the Bishop of Oxford – had just finished reading out to the attendees of Westminster Forum’s seminar (PDF) his proposed ten commandments for artificial intelligence. He’s ...

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In sync – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net Until Wednesday, I was not familiar with the use of “sync” to stand for a music synchronization license – that is, a license to use a piece of music in a visual setting such as a ...

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Bodies in the clouds – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net This year’s Computers, Privacy, and Data Protectionconference had the theme “The Internet of Bodies”. I chaired the “Bodies in the Clouds” panel, which was convened by Lucie Krahulcova of Access Now, and this is something like ...

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