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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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Imaginary Creatures – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net on August 4th, 2017 I learned something new this week: I may not be a real person. “Real people often prefer ease of use and a multitude of features to perfect, unbreakable security.” So spake the ...

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The Long Arm of the Law – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

It’s a little over three years since the European Court of Justice held in Google Spain v AEPD and Mario Costeja González that in some circumstances Google must honor requests to deindex search hits based on a person’s name. In ...

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The Harvest – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net on July 14th, 2017 In 1957, the BBC’s flagship current affairs program, Panorama, broadcast a story about that year’s extraordinarily bountiful spaghetti harvest, attributed to the “virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil” (it says here in ...

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Finding harm – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net on July 7th 2017 “Where’s the harm?” has long been a hugely difficult question to answer in privacy matters. Many answers sound vague and conspiracist. Knowing they’re being watched causes people to censor themselves. It chills ...

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Who’s the boss? – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net on June 30th 2017 Even for Google, €2.4 billion is a lot of money. It makes the £130 million the company agreed to pay in back taxes to the UK in 2016 into a micropayment. The ...

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