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February 10 2015, 4:22am | Comments
As history has repeatedly shown, political systems come and go. Given our rapid technological and social advances, it's a trend we can expect to continue. Here are 12 extraordinary — and even frightening — ways our governments could…
January 22 2015, 12:55am | Comments
Imagine this: You, like many of our readers, work tirelessly to write volumes on subjects that only a handful people will read. Unless your name is Judith Butler or Slavoj Zizek, chances are that nobody cares about your…
November 22 2014, 5:23am | Comments
There's a new wrinkle in Brazil's plan to build a $185 million undersea fiber-optic cable that would connect it to Portugal and help the country avoid surveillance by U.S. intelligence authorities, reports Bloomberg: The cable will be built without the help of…
No tool in existence protects your anonymity on the Web better than the software Tor, which encrypts Internet traffic and bounces it through random computers around the world.
October 13 2014, 11:28am | Comments
In a paper published last year, I argued for a different way of understanding the emergence of hacker culture.
October 8 2014, 1:54am | Comments
For the last four months, I’ve been researching the history of TCP/IP for an article I’m writing for Triple Canopy Magazine. I wanted to build on media studies work by Alex Galloway and history of technology work by…
October 7 2014, 1:53am | Comments
Algorithms have long adjudicated over vital processes that help to ensure our well-being and survival, from pacemakers that maintain the natural rhythms of the heart, and genetic algorithms that optimise emergency response times by cross-referencing ambulance locations with…
September 8 2014, 5:11pm | Comments
Between 2009 and 2010, Iran's nuclear program was the target of a devastating cyber attack. A virus, reportedly developed by the American and Israeli governments and known as Stuxnet, took control of centrifuge controls in facilities across the country,…
August 10 2014, 4:15am | Comments
July 4 2014, 1:51am | Comments
This essay was commissioned by Anne Hilde Neset for Only Connect Festival Of Sound 2014: J.G. Ballard. It was published in the Only Connect catalogue, May 2014. Thank you to NyMusikk and Only Connect for permission to republish…
June 23 2014, 4:53am | Comments
Bitcoin is giving banks a run for their money. Now the same technology threatens to eradicate social networks, stock markets, even national governments.
June 15 2014, 4:08am | Comments
What does data sound like? There are probably thousands of answers to this question, but whatever the case, most of us can think of a few sounds conventionally used to approximate the idea: static, the sound of a…
June 6 2014, 1:31am | Comments
April 28 2014, 8:32am | Comments
Trevor Paglen is a photographer, writer and investigator. His work takes aim at the U.S. government’s network of secret facilities and programs that have burgeoned since September 11; as he puts it, this means that “there is very…
April 11 2014, 3:20am | Comments
You go to war with the paintings you have, not the paintings you might want or wish to have at a later time. Right now the paintings we have are by George W. Bush.
February 20 2014, 1:54am | Comments
The Distribution of the Insensible | Mute
January 29 2014, 4:20am | Comments
The term 'interregnum' was originally used to denote a time gap separating the death of one royal sovereign from the enthronement of a successor, those intervals being the main occasions on which past generations experienced (and customarily expected)…
December 11 2013, 3:42pm | Comments
“Propaganda is called upon to solve problems created by technology, to play on maladjustments and to integrate the individual into a technological world” (Ellul xvii).
How might future research into digital culture approach a purported “post-digital” age? How…
“I ACTUALLY think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions,” said the search giant’s chief executive, Eric Schmidt, in a recent and controversial interview. “They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”…
November 9 2013, 4:02am | Comments
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