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What the Internet is not for? – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

It may seem unfair to keep busting on the explosion of the Internet’s origin myths, but documenting what happens to the beliefs surrounding the beginning of a new technology may help foster more rational thinking next time. Today’s two cherished ...

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Misforgotten – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

“It’s amazing. We’re all just sitting here having lunch like nothing’s happening, but…” This was on Tuesday, as the British Parliament was getting ready to vote down the Brexit deal. This is definitely a form of privilege, but it’s hard ...

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Prognostalgia – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

“What seems to you like the big technology story of 2018?” I asked a friend. “The lack of excitement,” she replied. New stuff – the future – used to be a lot more fun, a phenomenon that New York Times ...

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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 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 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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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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Who wants a working Internet? – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on the Net.Wars column on pelicancrossing.net on March 3rd 2017 “I thought the phone company would do it all,” John Connolly told me in 1993. Connolly is a largely forgotten grandfather of the internet: while at the National Science ...

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Benidorm Syndrome of Online Comments – NetWars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on net.wars In line with increasing numbers of news sites – Popular Science, The Verge and the Daily Dot, Mic – National Public Radio has decided to get rid of its comments. The reasoning, ombudsman Elizabeth Jenkins writes, is based on numbers familiar in outline ...

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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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