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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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Staying in – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net on June 18th, 2016 The talking point going around the conference I’m attending in The Hague this week: no matter how the UK votes in the June 23 EU referendum, in 2017 Britain will nonetheless have ...

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Dinosaur bones – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on net.wars on June 10th 2016 In the recent documentary film Democracy: Im Rausch der Daten, Panoptykon founder Katarzyna Szymielewicz comments that it’s important not to get tangled up in answering the question, “Where’s the harm?” because it reverses ...

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The Blockchain Menu by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on net.wars on April 22nd 2016 The Internet of Things is such an established concept that I’m startled to note that week’s (Lego) prototype was my first. Three cars want to park…somewhere. Their owners have preset the maximum ...

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Murphy’s internet by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on net.wars on March 25th, 2016 The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has been inching along for years towards the moment when its tether to the US government is severed. This week, the Oxford Internet Institute and ...

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Don’t stand so close to me by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net on March 11th 2016 At last week’s Internet Law Works-in-Progress – a New York Law School invitation event where lawyers play hooky by critiquing each other’s half-finished papers – Nizan Geslevich-Packin and Yafit Lev-Aretz came up with an intriguing idea: the right ...

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Poisoning the fruit tree by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net on February 19, 2016 “Why would Apple take this to court?” a TV researcher asked me on Wednesday. He was, of course, referring to Apple’s pushback against a court order telling it to help the FBI access the ...

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The power of us by Wendy Grossman

In her new memoir, Life on the Road, the long-serving equity feminist and campaigner Gloria Steinem writes that decades of campaigning have taught her that, “Voting isn’t the most we can do, but it is the least. To have a democracy, ...

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Unreal humans

By Wendy Grossman (originally posted on net.wars on August 21, 2015) Over there, the BBC’s Bill Thompson has a glowing review of the TV series Humans. The obvious irony in the title is serendipitously expanded by the simultaneous airing in the US of Mr Robot: Humans is about ...

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