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IBM to pull out of Facial Recognition

This article originally appeared in Computing on 9th June 2020 IBM is quitting the controversial facial recognition software market over concerns that the technology could be used to promote racial injustice and discrimination. In a letter to the members of the US...

ICANN rejects sale of .org registry to for-profit investor group

  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A body overseeing web addresses said it has vetoed a $1.1 billion deal to sell control of domain names ending in .org to a private investment firm after an outcry from internet pioneers and officials including California’s attorney general....

COVID-19 – a networks perspective

Whilst at its heart the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, and the associated COVID-19 pandemic is a biological event, the impacts and reporting around it have social impact in many ways, for example in the ways we react to the event, cope with it, and judge our governments and...

A Contract for the Web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a new website called contractfortheweb.org intended to lay out the behaviour/responsibilities of international internet giants, such as Google and Facebook, national governments and individual web citizens.  The document is...

Glaucon’s Dilemma: Capitalism & the Internet

By Kieron O’Hara – University of Southampton (Author feedback to kmoh@soton.ac.uk) The problem with capitalism The Internet has always been a beacon of hope for those with a radical vision. As early as 1996, John Perry Barlow, of the Electronic Frontier Foundation...

Web Science & Digital Futures

In a world where society and technology are developing rapidly, writers, scientists and individuals alike have long since asked, how exactly will this affect our futures? This represents one of the core principles of Web Science and is the focus of a recent...

Ted Nelson: the only one around who’s sane

To us you appear to be the only one around who is clinically sane. So concludes Werner Herzog after speaking with Ted Nelson half way through his latest film, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. This may come as no surprise to those who recognise the...

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