Computing and the net books

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Break the Internet by Olivia Yallop review – the anxiety of influence
In the bizarre world of the influencer, set out here in engaging style, the line between leisure and labour is increasingly blurred

Eleanor Margolis

01, Dec, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Ailsa Land obituary
Researcher into mathematical approaches to real-world problems who seized on the increased possibilities offered by computers

Georgina Ferry

14, Jun, 2021 @11:32 AM

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Why do video games matter? 20 books every player should read
Why do we play? How do games work? From games philosophy to sci-fi, here are 20 delightful and essential reads for gamers

Keith Stuart

18, Feb, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Jill Lepore: 'When did we hand Google, Twitter and Facebook the reins?'
The historian talks big data, social media and the US election

Tim Adams

04, Oct, 2020 @8:30 AM

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Don’t Be Evil review – how the tech giants have become too big to fail
Rana Foroohar’s masterly critique of the internet pioneers who now dominate our world

John Naughton

03, Nov, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Behind the Screen review – inside the social media sweatshops
Sarah T Roberts’s vital new study demonstrates how online content moderation is a global industry that operates on the back of human exploitation

John Naughton

18, Aug, 2019 @6:00 AM

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The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour review – our descent into a digital dystopia
A stark polemic argues that social media may have unleashed an age of nihilism from which there is little hope of escape

Peter Conrad

11, Aug, 2019 @6:00 AM

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This Is Not Propaganda by Peter Pomerantsev review – quietly frightening
Fake news and half truths create confusion, aiding the strongman and threatening democracy, this timely study argues

Steve Bloomfield

10, Aug, 2019 @9:00 AM

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The Twittering Machine by Richard Seymour review – escape from dystopia
Twitter, texts, email … the psychological needs driving today’s vast and risky digital ‘writing experiment’

William Davies

08, Aug, 2019 @6:30 AM

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In brief: Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting a Masterpiece; The Road to Grantchester; Hey! Listen! – reviews
A lavish look at Sergio Leone’s western, a Grantchester prequel and a romp through video-game history

Alexander Larman

21, Apr, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Yohann Koshy on Dril Official ‘Mr Ten Years’ Anniversary Collection
Yoshan Koshy’s piece on a twisty, topical collection of tweets was highly commended in this year’s Observer/Anthony Burgess prize

Yohann Koshy

10, Mar, 2019 @9:30 AM

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Roger McNamee: ‘It’s bigger than Facebook. This is a problem with the entire industry’
Mark Zuckerberg’s mentor and an early investor in Facebook on why his book Zucked urges people to turn away from big tech’s toxic business model

Alex Hern

16, Feb, 2019 @1:00 PM

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