Podcast #36: Jerry Mander

Podcast #36: Jerry Mander

Author and activist Jerry Mander reflects on a long life of technoskepticism and how it relates to the current global moment.
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Escaping Screens: A Tech-Free Travel Quest, Part II

Escaping Screens: A Tech-Free Travel Quest, Part II

A stranded American tourist shares the story of a six-month screen-free quest through India and Nepal just as the coronavirus explodes. Part II.
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Escaping Screens: A Tech-Free Travel Quest, Part I

Escaping Screens: A Tech-Free Travel Quest, Part I

An American tourist stranded in India shares his story: six months traveling without a screen, only to pick one up again just in time for the global meltdown.
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Podcast #35: Ainissa Ramirez

Podcast #35: Ainissa Ramirez

Science evangelist Ainissa Ramirez takes a look at how major technologies have shaped human culture—both intentionally and not.
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Now’s the Time to Go Screen-Free

Now’s the Time to Go Screen-Free

Tired of Zoom calls and virtual meet-ups? Just turn everything off.
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The Mind-Bending World of Neurotechnologies

The Mind-Bending World of Neurotechnologies

With little fanfare, technologies that manipulate brain activity (both external and implanted) pose dangers to health, identity, and society, even as they achieve medical successes.
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Book Review: Darkness By Design

Book Review: Darkness By Design

Walter Mattli reveals the opaque world of high-speed trading, and its danger to finance and the regulatory power of governments.
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The Risks of Public Data

The Risks of Public Data

A desire for convenience and openness has left local and state public records easily available for mining, combining, and abuse.
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Surveillance and the Limits of Law

Surveillance and the Limits of Law

Section 215 of the Patriot Act is set to sunset. New legislation would kill it entirely. But how much do intelligence agencies follow the law anyway?
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Book Review: Re-Engineering Humanity

Book Review: Re-Engineering Humanity

Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger warn that real freedom of will and human agency will require the ability to be “off.”
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Podcast #3: Sven Birkerts on Attention and the Self

For over two decades, essayist and social critic Sven Birkerts has cast his unique eye on the way digital technology is altering the formation of social spheres, self-identity, and meaning. His latest book, Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age, is a personal and poetic examination of these themes that acts as a welcome balance to data-driven analyses. He speaks with publisher Mo Lotman about the book and his long interest in the subject.

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