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Google vs book authors as Fair Use bites – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on the Net.Wars column on pelicancrossing.com This week, the veteran screenwriter Ken Levine started a thread on outdated terms in common use that no longer make sense, like “dial” and “tape”. “Carbon copy” persists as the “cc:” line email headers; ...

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What is next for tech journalism? – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.com on the Net.Wars column Yesterday in Cambridge, the veteran journalist Charles Arthur held an eventat the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) that asked this: Has the public been well served by technology journalism? Arthur assembled ...

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Who wants a working Internet? – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on the Net.Wars column on pelicancrossing.net on March 3rd 2017 “I thought the phone company would do it all,” John Connolly told me in 1993. Connolly is a largely forgotten grandfather of the internet: while at the National Science ...

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Facts are scarred – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net The late Simon Hoggart once wrote that the reason to take the trouble to debunk apparently harmless paranormal beliefs was this: they were “background noise, interfering with the truth”. There were, at the time, many people ...

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The illusion of sovereignty – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

In the mid 1990s, John Perry Barlow, who later (1996) fleshed out his thinking in A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, used to say that on the internet everything is global and everything is local, but nothing is national. He’s ...

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Unlinked – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net When he was creating the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee did two things of note. The first was to invent the thing. The other was to make it free. I’m sure he talked about it on ...

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Return of the penguin – NetWars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on net.wars Back in January, a motherboard malfunction led me to move my desktop machine to Linux. Some effort later, and I was mostly up and running – at least, able to work. What happened next is hard to describe. ...

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Benidorm Syndrome of Online Comments – NetWars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on net.wars In line with increasing numbers of news sites – Popular Science, The Verge and the Daily Dot, Mic – National Public Radio has decided to get rid of its comments. The reasoning, ombudsman Elizabeth Jenkins writes, is based on numbers familiar in outline ...

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Privacy in the Age of Pokemon – Nets.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net “They’d probably do something stupid anyway, whether it was texting or email, or something else,” he said. He was maybe teens, maybe early 20s, standing in front of the house opposite mine with a similarly-aged friend. ...

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Legislating the sea of holes – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

This is a sort-of summary of Wendy’s Tuesday evening talk at DC4420 – originally published on Net.Wars Loopholes within loopholes, the EFF called the draft Investigatory Powers bill last November. The bill enshrines a long-held wishlist of policies; in his 2012 submission ...

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