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The greatest show on Earth – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net on August 24th, 2017 “Oh, yeah, I’m going down Broadway.” “Working. I’m going to try to get a peek at it out the window.” “I’m going up to Centennial Park. I want to be real quiet ...

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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 lost generation – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net on August 11th, 2017 “I have young children at home. I have to be in touch.” The woman next to me in the stalls at The Book of Mormon in 2013 was defensive and a little ...

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Imaginary Creatures – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net on August 4th, 2017 I learned something new this week: I may not be a real person. “Real people often prefer ease of use and a multitude of features to perfect, unbreakable security.” So spake the ...

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New book explores how protesters – and governments – use Internet tactics

Originally published on ArsTechnica Written by Wendy Grossman In February 2003, the largest demonstration in Britain’s history saw two million people march across London to protest the approaching Iraq War. Dozens of other cities across the world saw similar events, ...

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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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Is non-exclusive democracy possible?

On a hot summer day House of Commons was the place to be for the representatives of disabled voters and international voting experts to debate the requirements for multi-channel voting enhancements, adding online option to the postal and person-present options. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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