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Happy birthday, internet – let’s make the next 50 years just as innovative

By Jim Boulton from Digital Archeology  How do we define the birth of the internet? As an ambiguous, shifting entity, it is often hard to define what the internet even is, let alone its beginning. In my eyes, the date ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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50 Years of the Internet by Plexal – Event

The internet’s turning 50. Come celebrate with Here East and Plexal. About this Event At 10.30pm on 29 October 1969, a team led by Professor Leonard Kleinrock sent a message from a computer at the University of California (UCLA) to ...

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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 ...

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We love to travel, but how to make it more CO2 efficient?

How to hack travel – and save CO2 footprint HackTravel took place in early October, with travel fans with a climate change anxiety joined forces. By Dan Stapleton (Cybersalon.org and recent Physics graduate from Bath University) I joined another full ...

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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 ...

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Machine Learning & Generative Poetry (Anderson Ranch 2019 workshop impressions)

As I have done in the last five years I traveled to Aspen this year to the Anderson Ranch to do a week-long workshop on digital art. The workshop I attended was about using machine learning & generative techniques to ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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