Home / net.wars

net.wars

Burn rate – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

One of my favorite moments in the 1996 sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun was when Dick (John Lithgow), the high commander of the aliens’ mission to Earth, marveled at humans’ ability to live every day as though they didn’t ...

Read More »

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

So can we stop now with the fantasy that data can be anonymized? Two things sparked this train of thought. The first was seeing that researchers at the Mayo Clinic have shown that commercial facial recognition software accurately identified 70 ...

Read More »

I never paid for it in my life – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

So Jaron Lanier is back, arguing that we should be paid for our data. He was last seen in net.wars two years back, arguing that if people had started by charging for email we would not now be the battery ...

Read More »

The China Syndrome – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

About five years ago, a friend commented that despite the early belief – promulgated by, among others, then-US president Bill Clinton and vice-president Al Gore – that the Internet would spread democracy around the world, so far the opposite seemed ...

Read More »

Digital London – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Anyone studying my travel patterns on the London Underground will encounter a conundrum: what makes a person undertake, once or twice a week, a one-way journey into the center of town? How do they get home? For most people, it ...

Read More »

Balancing acts – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

The Court of Justice of the European Union had an important moment on Tuesday, albeit overshadowed by another court elsewhere, ruling that the right to be forgotten can be limited to the EU. To recap: in 2014, in its ruling ...

Read More »

Jumping the shark – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

This week, the Wall Street Journal claimed that Amazon has begun ordering item search results according to their profitability for the company. ( (The story is summarized at Ars Technica, for non-WSJ subscribers.) Amazon has called the story “not factually ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »