Monthly Archives: November 2016

A few words about trust

[3 December update: Here is a video of the panel.] So I was on a panel at WebScience@10 in London (@WebScienceTrust, #WebSci10), where the first question asked was, “What are two aspects of ‘trust and the Web’ that you think … Continue reading

Posted in Business, data, infrastructure, Internet, marketing, privacy, Research, VRM | 7 Comments

Uber’s pending sale of your personal data

This is a second draft of this post, corrected by Denise Howell’s comment below. Key facts: I am not a lawyer. She is. Good one, too. So take heed (as I just did). And read on. Uber has new terms … Continue reading

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Loving Leonard

I was as deeply affected by learning Leonard Cohen died as I was by the election results. Maybe more. I can’t name an artist whose songs mean more to me than his. Not Dylan, not (I’m thinking…) anybody. (Here’s how … Continue reading

Posted in Art, music, Obituary | 7 Comments

The egg on Zuck’s face

Nearly all the ads I see on Facebook are fake news items like these two, next to Mark Zuckerberg’s latest post, which is, ironically, about fake news: Besides being false and misleading clickbait, these ads are not from They’re … Continue reading

Posted in adtech, advertising, Business | 9 Comments

Consumers can’t help health care. Customers can.

Economically speaking, the American healthcare system is not built for patients, because patients aren’t the ones paying for it directly. Insurance companies are. See, health care in the U.S. is mostly a B2B insurance business. It is only B2C when … Continue reading

Posted in Broadcasting, Business, Family, Friends, Health | 5 Comments