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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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Give people the vote and they will come – 18th October 2016


Recent EU Referendum in UK had a relatively high turnout and showed people’s appetite for direct democracy. On 18th October, Cybersalon.org  jointly with Digital Liberties organised an event examining new approaches to One Man One Vote or at least One ...

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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 ...

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Return of the penguin – NetWars by Wendy Grossman


Originally published on net.wars Back in January, a motherboard malfunction led me to move my desktop machine to Linux. Some effort later, and I was mostly up and running – at least, able to work. What happened next is hard to describe. ...

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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 ...

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Privacy in the Age of Pokemon – Nets.Wars by Wendy Grossman


Originally published on pelicancrossing.net “They’d probably do something stupid anyway, whether it was texting or email, or something else,” he said. He was maybe teens, maybe early 20s, standing in front of the house opposite mine with a similarly-aged friend. ...

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Legislating the sea of holes – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman


This is a sort-of summary of Wendy’s Tuesday evening talk at DC4420 – originally published on Net.Wars Loopholes within loopholes, the EFF called the draft Investigatory Powers bill last November. The bill enshrines a long-held wishlist of policies; in his 2012 submission ...

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The Age of the Internet, Surveillance and Profit


  There is several interesting aspects to the development of the Internet. One of the most important ones to point out is that as the Internet was developed it also developed to be not only a pioneer but also a ...

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Dinosaur bones – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman


Originally posted on net.wars on June 10th 2016 In the recent documentary film Democracy: Im Rausch der Daten, Panoptykon founder Katarzyna Szymielewicz comments that it’s important not to get tangled up in answering the question, “Where’s the harm?” because it reverses ...

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