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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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Facebook ‘misled’ EU on how creepy buying WhatsApp would be

Originally by Oliver Smith for The Memo In 2014 Facebook spent a whopping $19bn buying everyone’s favourite chat app, WhatsApp. The deal came under a huge amount of scrutiny: from the media (“they spent HOW much?”); users (“don’t let Facebook ...

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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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Unlinked – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net When he was creating the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee did two things of note. The first was to invent the thing. The other was to make it free. I’m sure he talked about it on ...

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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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Privacy in the Age of Pokemon – Nets.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net “They’d probably do something stupid anyway, whether it was texting or email, or something else,” he said. He was maybe teens, maybe early 20s, standing in front of the house opposite mine with a similarly-aged friend. ...

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About Spaces

By Ivan Pope I have been invited to a panel on History of Cybercafes and Collaborative Space, to be held on 2nd March in Google Campus. Yuri Pattison gave us this brief: As part of an on-going investigation into alternative ...

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Virtual Futures Salon – Neurostimulation – “You seriously thought that evolution would upgrade the brain?”

In this edition of the Virtual Futures Salon we were introduced to Neurostimulation and the different new ways in which we are seeking to develop and change our brains to perform longer, better and in more fun ways. It seems ...

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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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