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Be Wary of Silicon Valley’s Guilty Conscience: on The Center for Humane Technology

2017 was a somewhat difficult year for the tech titans, and it looks as though those problems persist in 2018. Of course, the key term in the previous sentence is … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · 67 Comments

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 2.0

Lest there be any doubt, the summer of 2017 was characterized by a string of disasters, tragedies, calamities, and almost apocalyptic events. Against such a grim backdrop of lost lives … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · 12 Comments

It’s ok if you want to cry…

If a message were to suddenly appear on your computer screen informing you that all of your material had been encrypted and that you would have to pay a ransom … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · 3 Comments

Between the Scythe & the Reaper Drone – A review of Nicholas Carr’s “The Glass Cage”

Here is a thought experiment: reflect back on the last forty-eight hours of your life, how often did you find yourself relying on computerized technology for performing a function that … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · 10 Comments

The Banality of NSA Reform

“The reforms I’m proposing today should give the American people greater confidence that their rights are being protected, even as our intelligence and law enforcement agencies maintain the tools they … Continue reading

January 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

Surveillance Fever! The infection spreads…

By the end of the day on August 5, 2013 a person in the US could be forgiven for thinking that the major news of the day was that an … Continue reading

August 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Triumph of Technique – The Logic of the NSA (part 2)

[this is Part 2, and though understandable {and shorter} independently, you may want to consider reading Part 1] 5.  Big Data is something of a troublesome concept, not simply because … Continue reading

June 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Triumph of Technique – The Logic of the NSA (Part 1)

1. How might a person understand a collection of millions of phone records? The easy answer is that they would not. Millions of records is too much for a single … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · 37 Comments

Did You Remember to Take Your Password This Morning?

By the time that most people begin to ponder the implications stemming from soon to become available technologies, these devices have already become dated and staid to those whose job … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

To Save Everything Click Here — by Evgeny Morozov — A Book Review

The modern day evangelicals of technology rarely miss an opportunity to proclaim the ways in which a new device or app will solve all of our problems. Such people stand … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · 7 Comments

Ne'er do wells



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