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Jumping the shark – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

This week, the Wall Street Journal claimed that Amazon has begun ordering item search results according to their profitability for the company. ( (The story is summarized at Ars Technica, for non-WSJ subscribers.) Amazon has called the story “not factually ...

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Collision course – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

The walk from my house to the tube station has changed very little in 30 years. The houses and their front gardens look more or less the same, although at least two have been massively remodeled on the inside. More ...

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Unfortunately recurring phenomena – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

It’s summer, and the current comprehensively bad news is all stuff we can do nothing about. So we’re sweating the smaller stuff. It’s hard to know how seriously to take it, but US Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced the ...

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Do you eat sand? Privacy in the age of AI – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Privacy, pioneering activist Simon Davies writes in his new book, Privacy: A Personal Chronicle, “varies widely according to context and environment to the extent that even after decades of academic interest in the subject, the world’s leading experts have been ...

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G in Genomics stands for Gullible – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

In 2011, as part of an investigation she conducted into the possible genetic origins of the streak of depression that ran through her family, the Danish neurobiologist Lone Frank had her genome sequenced and interviewed many participants in the newly-opening ...

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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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