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11 Feb 2009

Does technology liberate or enslave? When Prometheus first started the industrial revolution, Zeus thought he had liberated humanity and should be punished for it. The tension between technology as empowering versus technology as sinister control continues. The web versus the database, liberation or tool of...

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9 Nov 2008

When a major disaster - hurricane, famine, flood or epidemic, for example - hits a region of the global south, the brief period of saturation media coverage that follows tends to confirm outsiders' view that the devastated population's overriding needs are food, water, tarpaulins, medical...

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9 Nov 2008

It is not the protests of the creationists or gaming-bashers that have triggered the current round of controversy about the game. In addition to weird creatures and breathtaking graphics, Spore features one of the most draconian systems of digital rights management (or simply DRM), which,...

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8 Apr 2008

The new communications technologies are a toolkit for enriching and deepening democracy, and their greatest impact will be in the global south, says Charles Leadbeater.

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26 Feb 2008

Both governments and zealous cyber-enthusiasts champion the internet's educational and political potential. The danger that results is a policy of techno-compulsion that undermines citizens' autonomy. There is a better way, says Dougald Hine.

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