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The Information Commissioner opens a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes

Originally published on Information Commissioner’s blog on May 17th, 2017 In March we announced we were conducting an assessment of the data protection risks arising from the use of data analytics, including for political purposes. Engagement with the electorate is ...

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The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

Originally published on faz.net Governmental control is nothing compared to what Google is up to. The company is creating a wholly new genus of capitalism, a systemic coherent new logic of accumulation we should call surveillance capitalism. Is there nothing ...

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Surrender to Surveillance – Virtual Futures Salon

Virtual Futures presents a discussion on technologies of surveillance, the infringements on privacy by the state, restrictions of individual freedom and the mutation of identity. In the latest edition of Virtual Futures – Surrender to Surveillance a wide panel discusses ...

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Policy questions for 2022 – Net.wars by Wendy Grossman

For last weekend’s OpenTech I had recklessly suggested imagining the Daily Mail headlines of the future. Come to actually plan the talk, a broader scope seemed wiser, and after some limbering up with possible near-future headlines, which you can read ...

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Google’s You Tube rating illusion – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelican crossing.net on the net.wars column Before there was the internet there were commercial information services and conferencing systems. Since access to things like news wires, technical support, and strangers across the world who shared your weird ...

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Google vs book authors as Fair Use bites – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on the Net.Wars column on pelicancrossing.com This week, the veteran screenwriter Ken Levine started a thread on outdated terms in common use that no longer make sense, like “dial” and “tape”. “Carbon copy” persists as the “cc:” line email headers; ...

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Nu Web – what is to be done? Tim Berners-Lee on Internet regulatory ‘blind spots’ and political advertising scams

Originally published on March 12, 2017 Today is the world wide web’s 28th birthday. Here’s a message from our founder and web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee on how the web has evolved, and what we must do to ensure it ...

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What is next for tech journalism? – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.com on the Net.Wars column Yesterday in Cambridge, the veteran journalist Charles Arthur held an eventat the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) that asked this: Has the public been well served by technology journalism? Arthur assembled ...

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Facts are scarred – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on pelicancrossing.net The late Simon Hoggart once wrote that the reason to take the trouble to debunk apparently harmless paranormal beliefs was this: they were “background noise, interfering with the truth”. There were, at the time, many people ...

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The illusion of sovereignty – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

In the mid 1990s, John Perry Barlow, who later (1996) fleshed out his thinking in A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, used to say that on the internet everything is global and everything is local, but nothing is national. He’s ...

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