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Why use blockchain?

Blockchain’s applications are linked directly to its benefits, such as: Security: The structure of the “chain of blocks” makes it impossible to be violated, since if an intruder decides to try to alter or erase any recorded transactions, it would

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Blockchain Case: Anti-Corruption

Land Governance – Serpro (Brazil): Blockchain is being used in several pilot programs to fight fraud and corruption when it comes to land governance. Since the technology can be used to record and verify transactions, it is being applied to the

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‘Dragonfly’ follow-up

I read about Google’s ‘Dragonfly’ project back in September and decided to follow-up on this news story. ‘Dragonfly’ is the codename for a censored search engine produced by Google for China. It has all the ethical violations you’re wondering, which

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New Zealand’s First Wikipedian-At-Large

With a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation, Mike Dickison is traveling New Zealand to recruit volunteer editors for Wikipedia. The country has been sorely underrepresented on the site, and Dickison holds the honor as New Zealand’s first official Wikipedian-at-Large. Mike

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Palestinian Cultural Assets in the Israeli Archives

  This article in Al-Jazeera discusses the contents of Israeli archives, specifically the Palestinian artifacts that have been kept for years and used to support a Zionist narrative. During the Arab-Israeli War in 1948, librarians accompanied Israeli forces in to

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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

This documentary “depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. It features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up

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Who’s Behind ICE: The Tech and Data Companies, including Amazon and Palantir, Fueling Deportations

Various immigration and Latinx-focused organizations – Mijente, the National Immigration Project, and the Immigrant Defense Project – commissioned Empower LLC to conduct in-depth research on the complexities of technology infrastructure surrounding expansive, data-driven, and aggressive immigration enforcement and unprecedented levels

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Robert Morgenthau Donates Great-Grandfather’s Diary to Jewish Archive

    As a person of Jewish heritage, I found this particular story very interesting because of how similar the story of Robert Morgenthau’s ( former District Attorney for NYC) ancestral history has been to mine. My great-grandparents also emigrated

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“Deep Learning” (An AI Technology): The Underlying Issue With Information.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/604087/the-dark-secret-at-the-heart-of-ai/ The power of Artificial Technology in this day and age is no stranger to humanity and each day it becomes more present in our daily lives. It can be seen at our homes, facilitating daily chores and simple actions,

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Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now

There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of information that circulates, the more we rely on so-called reputational devices to evaluate it. What makes this

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by Hugh McLeod

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