Who or what is normal? Why does normality hold such a grip on people? Might normal actually be dangerous? No outrageous plans this week, as we dive deep into the terrifying zone of normality.
Do privacy concerns differ across cultures? And if yes, should that have any technology design implications? We cover a recent paper on cross-cultural privacy.
Molotov cocktails! What are they? How do they work? What's up with the funky name? And how come they don't immediately explode in people's hands?
The Papers 005: Misinformation, Cycling in Dublin, Apologies
A fast-paced round-up of recent vulnerability research. This week we cover: susceptibility to misinformation, vulnerable cycling in Dublin, and the apology to the Tasmanian Aboriginal People by the Royal Society of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Subprime Attention: Will Ad Bubbles Collapse the Internet?
Advertising fuels much of the Internet today. But what if programmatic, targeted ads don't actually work? We read Tim Hwang's Subprime Attention Crisis.
The Essay: Like
Like buttons are everywhere. But is liking really all that likeable? We investigate it all, from zero likes to like hiding. With a touch of proper hedonism.
The Papers: Edit Wars (On a Wiki)
Wikipedia’s backstage is a battlefield. Well, sometimes at least. In this episode we look at the edit wars fermenting in articles on the world’s biggest encyclopedia.
The Papers: Got Phished
You've won a prize! Or have you? This week we look at recent developments in phishing research. Think: Do your personal values make you more phishable? And do phishers always run a profit?
The Essay: Can You See My Slides?
Does powerpoint make you dim? We look at the debate, the evidence, the history. We might even throw in a little slideware liberation manifesto.
The Papers: Big Tech Lobbying
Big tech companies are spending precious euros lobbying the European Union to resist, or weaken, regulation of digital markets. A recent report by two lobby-watching groups has the ghastly details.