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The China Syndrome – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

About five years ago, a friend commented that despite the early belief – promulgated by, among others, then-US president Bill Clinton and vice-president Al Gore – that the Internet would spread democracy around the world, so far the opposite seemed ...

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Machine Learning & Generative Poetry (Anderson Ranch 2019 workshop impressions)

As I have done in the last five years I traveled to Aspen this year to the Anderson Ranch to do a week-long workshop on digital art. The workshop I attended was about using machine learning & generative techniques to ...

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Digital London – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Anyone studying my travel patterns on the London Underground will encounter a conundrum: what makes a person undertake, once or twice a week, a one-way journey into the center of town? How do they get home? For most people, it ...

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Balancing acts – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

The Court of Justice of the European Union had an important moment on Tuesday, albeit overshadowed by another court elsewhere, ruling that the right to be forgotten can be limited to the EU. To recap: in 2014, in its ruling ...

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Jumping the shark – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

This week, the Wall Street Journal claimed that Amazon has begun ordering item search results according to their profitability for the company. ( (The story is summarized at Ars Technica, for non-WSJ subscribers.) Amazon has called the story “not factually ...

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Collision course – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

The walk from my house to the tube station has changed very little in 30 years. The houses and their front gardens look more or less the same, although at least two have been massively remodeled on the inside. More ...

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Unfortunately recurring phenomena – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

It’s summer, and the current comprehensively bad news is all stuff we can do nothing about. So we’re sweating the smaller stuff. It’s hard to know how seriously to take it, but US Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced the ...

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The Internet that wasn’t – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

This week on Twitter, writer and Georgia Tech professor Ian Bogost asked this: “There’s a belief that the internet was once great but then we ruined it, but I’m struggling to remember the era of incontrovertible greatness. Lots of arguing ...

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The Hungry, Hungry Data-Miner

by Benjamin Greenaway  for Virtual Futures The Hungry, Hungry Data-Miner had just one job. It wasn’t a particularly difficult job, though at first it looked as if it might be. As jobs go, you would say it was a pretty ...

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Failure to cooperate – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

In her 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Sweat, on display nightly in London’s West End until mid-July, Lynn Nottage explores class and racial tensions in the impoverished, post-industrial town of Reading, PA. In scenes alternating between 2000 and 2008, she explores ...

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