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The Churl Nextdoor

USA - April 29 2021 A funny thing happened to me on the way to this blog: I learned that what I thought I knew about moderation of online content and Section 230 of The…

It’s An Ill Wind All Right; Will It Blow Anybody Any Good?

USA - December 17 2020 Announced within days of one another, two developments, one bureaucratic, one nefarious, showcased the growing chasm between the dream and the…

Pardon My Drone

USA - December 8 2020 If we think about drones, we probably think about remote controlled assassination machines manned by the Mossad or “fly-through” tours of the homes…

Is Google Really the Borg?

USA - November 27 2020 “We are the Borg. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile.” Now, I would never be mistaken…

Red-Flagged by the Black Box: Nationalizing Apps to Fight COVID-19

USA - March 31 2020 Many of us have not read about China’s near-nationalization of payment and chat apps to fight the spread of COVID-19. Widely-reported but little…