The Case for Our Better Angels

The social costs of technological advancement have caught up with us. As industry consolidation and automation combine, the externalities of doing digital business at scale are pulling into hyper-real focus: in India and the Philippines, deaths via social media-enabled mobs and elections ruled by misinformation and fear; in Myanmar, the use of Facebook by the […]

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The Vulnerable Cyborg

When I still was a student in social studies of science and technology, I loved reading and writing about new technologies shaping society and vice versa, about cyborgs blurring boundaries between ‘man and machine’, and about the sociology of things – like catflaps, or chocolate. Yet, what once seemed to be theoretical exercises has, over […]

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How War Went Viral

Every so often, we’re reminded that, generally speaking, less of the world is at war now than in much of human history. But if war is, at least according to some (and there are skeptics), receding from the physical world, it seems to be rapidly spreading across the virtual world—the Internet. From ISIS’s recruitment of […]

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The System is Blinking: Election Security Remains a Priority for Mid-Terms and Beyond

Over the course of the summer, Congress had an opportunity to provide state-level funding for enhancing election security measures ahead of the upcoming midterm elections. Unfortunately, legislation for such funding failed to pass in both chambers. Senate Republicans, buoyed by a White House that has done very little securing our election processes from foreign intervention, […]

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Introducing Protego Press

Each day, more and more aspects of our lives are influenced and impacted by technology. The implications are profound. From privacy to national security, from identity to community, from the health of the public discourse to what it means to be human, the decades ahead will provoke new questions, new crises, and new opportunities. Protego […]

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