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Who wants a working Internet? – Net.Wars by Wendy Grossman

Originally published on the Net.Wars column on pelicancrossing.net on March 3rd 2017 “I thought the phone company would do it all,” John Connolly told me in 1993. Connolly is a largely forgotten grandfather of the internet: while at the National Science ...

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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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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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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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Murphy’s internet by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on net.wars on March 25th, 2016 The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has been inching along for years towards the moment when its tether to the US government is severed. This week, the Oxford Internet Institute and ...

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Don’t stand so close to me by Wendy Grossman

Originally posted on pelicancrossing.net on March 11th 2016 At last week’s Internet Law Works-in-Progress – a New York Law School invitation event where lawyers play hooky by critiquing each other’s half-finished papers – Nizan Geslevich-Packin and Yafit Lev-Aretz came up with an intriguing idea: the right ...

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The power of us by Wendy Grossman

In her new memoir, Life on the Road, the long-serving equity feminist and campaigner Gloria Steinem writes that decades of campaigning have taught her that, “Voting isn’t the most we can do, but it is the least. To have a democracy, ...

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Net.Wars: Pause For Thought

Wendy Grossman’s weekly Net.Wars column, coverage of the latest skirmishes in the border wars between cyberspace and real life. The great playwright, director, and drama critic George S. Kaufman once famously remarked, “Satire is what closes Saturday night. This week, ...

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Think good thoughts about a sunny side

Apparently I am a robot. A very incompetent robot. Sometime over the last few weeks, Google launched a new captcha system for its Blogspot subsidiary. The idea, as I understand it from the blog posting announcing it is that most people won’t see ...

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