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Why Activists Today Should Still Care About the 40-Year-Old Church Committee Report
Less talked about today are programs like the military’s surveillance of domestic protest groups, maintaining files on at least 100,000 Americans ranging from…
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U.S.-Mexico Teamwork Where the Rio Grande Is but a Ribbon
Destroying the Devil’s Cornfield on the Rio Grande Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Tex. — There are places in the desert canyons of…
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What the City of the Future Looks Like If We Don’t Change Course — Failed Architecture
It’s early morning. You are in your fancy apartment in a high-rise in some non-descript inner city area. When you enter the study, your Quantified Self Tracking…
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guyana trip report (tecznotes)
Guyana is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. It’s not a big country, but it’s two-thirds rain forest and contains the…
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WdW Review
Meditation Room, United Nations, New York Prayer room, Athens International Airport, Greece (all prayer room photos by James Bridle) Prayer room, Athens…
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Sneakers and Snoopers
Writer, artist, publisher and technologist James Bridle on security and surveillance in relation to the Olympic Games. There is a famous photograph taken in…
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Deciphering Glyph :: Email Isn’t The Thing You’re Bad At
I’ve been using the Internet for a good 25 years now, and I’ve been luckyenough to have some perspective dating back farther thanthat. The common refrain for my…
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Uncanny Valley
M orale is down. We are making plenty of money, but the office is teeming with salespeople: well-groomed social animals with good posture and dress shoes, men…
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8 days ago
End of the Miracle Machines
(Michael Friberg, special to ProPublica) A couple of miles outside the town of Page, three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the…
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JPMS Online: POP/IASPM-US Sounds of the City Issue, Jeremy Morris
Hear, Here: Location-Based Music Commodities Jeremy Morris [Editor’s Note: After last March’s POP/IASPM-US joint conference, Sounds of the City , a…
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Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.
Lately, everyone’s talking about “conversational UI.” It’s the next big thing. Conversations, writes WIRED , can do things traditional GUIs can’t. Matt Hartman…
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13 days ago
We Need New Stories About China In The Age Of Trump
Photo Illustration by BuzzFeed News / Getty “One learns soon enough that only a fool understands the Chinese quickly.” That’s the line that begins playwright…
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The Librarian Who Saved Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda
Abdel Kader Haidara with ancient family-owned manuscripts, Timbuktu, Mali, 2007. Photo: Ami Vitale/PANOS For custodians of the ancient heritage of the Middle…
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Has the Internet Really Changed Everything? — Backchannel
How have decades of mass media and technology changed us? A writer returns to his remote hometown — once isolated, now connected. And finds unexpected answers.…
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Can Nature Help Us Solve an Impending Data Storage Crisis? | Data Center Knowledge
Previous Article Optiv Security Prepares to Enter Tech IPO Market Next Article GoDaddy CTO Elissa Murphy Resigns to Join Google A 2001 digital representation of…
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The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans
S ince 2013, the Federal Reserve Board has conducted a survey to “monitor the financial and economic status of American consumers.” Most of the data in the…
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The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup
WIRED Logo SCROLL DOWN Hyper Vision The world’s hottest startup isn’t located in Silicon Valley—it’s in suburban Florida. KEVIN KELLY explores what Magic Leap’s…
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How a global board games giant exploited Ireland's Magdalene women | Little Atoms
How a global board games giant exploited Ireland's Magdalene women The penance industry By JP O’ Malley 1. 14/04/2016 I t’s almost impossible to think of my…
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A tiny forest tribe built a DIY drone from YouTube to fight off illegal loggers
The engine started, the propeller began spinning, and with a high whine the drone shot into the air—before quickly crashing to the ground. It took a few more…
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The Technologists' Siren Song
I n July 1969—less than two weeks after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin cavorted on the moon—The New York Review of Books published a controversial essay by John…
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A Mountain of Magical Thinking
At the beginning of The Magic Mountain , Thomas Mann’s classic Bildungsroman , Hans Castorp visits a sanitarium high in the Swiss Alps. Originally intending a…
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17 days ago
The Program Era
A cultural history looks at how word processing changed the way we write I can’t remember the last time I used an electric typewriter. It most likely would have…
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The Mystery of the Two Hillarys
Hillary Clinton knows her biggest weakness as a candidate is that she’s not much of one. She works hard at it, but she’s not in her element doing the things…
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The sugar conspiracy | Ian Leslie
R obert Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist at the University of California who specialises in the treatment of childhood obesity. A 90-minute talk he gave…
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20 days ago
The People and Tech Behind the Panama Papers - Features - Source: An OpenNews project
Project Offshore Corporations Linkurious Project Blacklight Apache Tika Leaks Apache Solr Oxwall tesseract The People and Tech Behind the Panama Papers How…
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22 days ago
Innovation is overvalued. Maintenance often matters more – Lee Vinsel & Andrew Russell | Aeon Essays
Innovation is a dominant ideology of our era, embraced in America by Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and the Washington DC political elite. As the pursuit of…
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Blog-Post for Cyborgs—McKenzie Wark on Donna Haraway's 'Manifesto for Cyborgs' 30 years later
We are all cyborgs now. To the point where this reality no longer appears at all striking. As so perfectly pictured in Alex Rivera’s film Sleepdealer (2008), we…
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28 days ago
How to Hack an Election
How to Hack an Election Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. He tells his story for the first time. Versión en…
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29 days ago
Showing, not telling: some thoughts on social science and (science) fiction | Blog | The Sociological Review
In the sixth part of our special section on Sociology and Fiction, Paul Graham Raven reflects on the resources offered by fiction for the communication of…
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Djibouti Is Hot
Djibouti: How a Forgotten Country Became a Hub of International Power Games How a forgotten sandlot of a country became a hub of international power games. The…
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Absolute Fear
The Mastermind He was a brilliant programmer and a vicious cartel boss, who became a prized U.S. government asset. The Atavist Magazine presents a story of an…
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I’m Your Boss Now
The Mastermind He was a brilliant programmer and a vicious cartel boss, who became a prized U.S. government asset. The Atavist Magazine presents a story of an…
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The Fall of China’s Hedge-Fund King - NYTimes.com
A t 10:33 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 of last year, the highway police in Ningbo, an industrial city on China’s eastern coast, posted a seemingly innocuous message…
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An Arrogant Way of Killing
The Mastermind He was a brilliant programmer and a vicious cartel boss, who became a prized U.S. government asset. The Atavist Magazine presents a story of an…
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How we are all affected by the trauma of terrorism and what we can do to heal it.
When I first started writing my book on trauma and then this blog, I thought I would be writing for a very particular group of people who had experienced a…
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Cyber War Comes to the Suburbs - The New Yorker
Federal investigators charged an Iranian hacker with breaking into the control system of the Bowman Avenue Dam, in Rye, N.Y. The mystery is what he was after.…
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Accountable machines: bureaucratic cybernetics?
Alison Powell , Assistant Professor at LSE, argues that the accountability of algorithms is intrinsically linked to governance structures and citizenship in…
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