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Human and Machine – dystopia or utopia?

Join us for the talks and Cybersalon Xmas party (bar opens for a celebration of 20 years of Cybersalon techno-futures networking activity) Date: December 7th 2017 Location: Red Gallery, 7pm-9pm   Tickets available on Eventbrite Time for Xmas celebrations is ...

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Counterfactuals – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net On Tuesday evening, virtual reality pioneer and musician Jaron Lanier, in London to promote his latest book, Dawn of the New Everything, suggested the internet took a wrong turn in the 1990s by rejecting the idea ...

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The Brave New World of Work Surveillance

Takeaways from Watching Me Watching You Cybersalon 11th October 2017 Lord Kelvin noted back in 1890 that ‘what can be measured, can be managed’. At Watching Me Watching You a new, emerging field of work surveillance was discussed by Cybersalon’s invited ...

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The opposite of privilege – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net A couple of weeks ago, Cybersalon held an event to discuss modern trends in workplace surveillance. In the middle, I found myself reminding the audience, many of whom were too young to remember, that 20 or ...

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Risk profile – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net So here is this week’s killer question: “Are you aware of any large-scale systems employing this protection?” It’s a killer question because this was the answer: “No.” Rewind. For as long as I can remember – ...

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Towards a standard for Anarchy by Ben Greenaway

Cryptography is challenging, both technically and politically. While strong, end-to-end encryption, properly deployed, helps to safeguard you and your personal information online, it can equally provide near invisible safe harbours for those intent on causing harm. And proposals for surveillance ...

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Cost basis – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net There’s plenty to fret about in the green paper released this week outlining the government’s Internet Safety Strategy (PDF) under the Digital Economy Act (2017). The technical working group is predominantly made up of child protection ...

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Ubersicht – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net If it keeps growing, every company eventually reaches a moment where this message arrives: it’s time to grow up. For Microsoft, IBM, and Intel it was antitrust suits. Google’s had the EU’s €2.4 billion fine. For ...

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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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