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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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The ghost in the machine – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on the net.wars column on June 16th, 2017 Humans are a problem in decision-making. We have prejudices based on limited experience, received wisdom, weird personal irrationality, and cognitive biases psychologists have documented. Unrecognized emotional mechanisms shield us from ...

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The power of privacy – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

“It’s about power.” Because humans like to count in handfuls, this year’s Privacy Law Scholars, the tenth, kicked off with a panel considering a simple question: how have our ideas about privacy changed in the last decade. “Power has entered ...

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Hate week – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net on May 26th, 2007 When, say ten years from now, someone leaks the set of rules by which self-driving cars make decisions about how to behave in physical-world human encounters of the third kind, I suspect ...

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Policy questions for 2022 – Net.wars by Wendy Grossman

For last weekend’s OpenTech I had recklessly suggested imagining the Daily Mail headlines of the future. Come to actually plan the talk, a broader scope seemed wiser, and after some limbering up with possible near-future headlines, which you can read ...

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Google’s You Tube rating illusion – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelican crossing.net on the net.wars column Before there was the internet there were commercial information services and conferencing systems. Since access to things like news wires, technical support, and strangers across the world who shared your weird ...

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