Home / Tag Archives: writing

Tag Archives: writing

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 ...

Read More »

The Harvest – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net on July 14th, 2017 In 1957, the BBC’s flagship current affairs program, Panorama, broadcast a story about that year’s extraordinarily bountiful spaghetti harvest, attributed to the “virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil” (it says here in ...

Read More »

Finding harm – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net on July 7th 2017 “Where’s the harm?” has long been a hugely difficult question to answer in privacy matters. Many answers sound vague and conspiracist. Knowing they’re being watched causes people to censor themselves. It chills ...

Read More »

Who’s the boss? – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net on June 30th 2017 Even for Google, €2.4 billion is a lot of money. It makes the £130 million the company agreed to pay in back taxes to the UK in 2016 into a micropayment. The ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »