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The night of chaos and mince pies at Wikipedia UK General Election 2019 edit night

What is Wikipedia editathon? A gathering of Wiki editors for a live edit session, sometimes overnight, with some contributors attending in-person, while others monitor and improve pages remotely from home. We are a sociable bunch so it is motivating to ...

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Back to The Future – Internet From 1969 to 2019

Celebrating 50 years of Internet, Here East organised three talks by Internet Pioneers Alan Kay, Peter Kirstein and Eva Pascoe – co-founder of Cyberia Café. 30th October 2019 at Here East Image by @DigitalArcheology Introduction Trouble in cybersace and Internet discontent that ...

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Dot Org Internet domains secretly sold to Private Equity – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

On so many sides, in so many ways, the sale of .org is a tangled thicket of stakeholder unhappiness. There seem to be six major categories of complaints: sentimental, financial, practical, structural, ethical, and paranoid. First, some background. The domain ...

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Raised by Google – New show at arebytes Gallery

Sarah Selby Opening Thursday 5 December, 6-9pm Exhibition runs Friday 6 December 2019 – Sat 11 Jan 2020, open Tuesday – Saturday 12-6pm Part of our 2019 programme home arebytes Gallery are pleased to announce Raised By Google, a new ...

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Happy birthday, internet – let’s make the next 50 years just as innovative

By Jim Boulton from Digital Archeology  How do we define the birth of the internet? As an ambiguous, shifting entity, it is often hard to define what the internet even is, let alone its beginning. In my eyes, the date ...

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Burn rate – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

One of my favorite moments in the 1996 sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun was when Dick (John Lithgow), the high commander of the aliens’ mission to Earth, marveled at humans’ ability to live every day as though they didn’t ...

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Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

So can we stop now with the fantasy that data can be anonymized? Two things sparked this train of thought. The first was seeing that researchers at the Mayo Clinic have shown that commercial facial recognition software accurately identified 70 ...

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50 Years of the Internet by Plexal – Event

The internet’s turning 50. Come celebrate with Here East and Plexal. About this Event At 10.30pm on 29 October 1969, a team led by Professor Leonard Kleinrock sent a message from a computer at the University of California (UCLA) to ...

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I never paid for it in my life – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

So Jaron Lanier is back, arguing that we should be paid for our data. He was last seen in net.wars two years back, arguing that if people had started by charging for email we would not now be the battery ...

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We love to travel, but how to make it more CO2 efficient?

How to hack travel – and save CO2 footprint HackTravel took place in early October, with travel fans with a climate change anxiety joined forces. By Dan Stapleton (Cybersalon.org and recent Physics graduate from Bath University) I joined another full ...

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