Author Archives: bhaggart

The Toronto Star, Quayside, and Still Not Getting the Core Concept (MIDP Addendum #4)

One of the best gags in Archer comes from an early first-season episode, in which the team is assigned to prevent someone from blowing up the inaugural flight of a helium-powered rigid airship. Throughout the episode, our titular hero proves … Continue reading

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No Longer Liveblogging Sidewalk Labs’ MIDP, Entry 50: Coda

And just like that, it ends, with Sidewalk Labs, the company that bragged how Google’s deep pockets allowed it to play the long game, that six months ago said it was in it for the long term, turning its back … Continue reading

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No Longer Liveblogging Sidewalk Labs’ MIDP, Entry 49: A letter from Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff

At The Conversation, Dr. Natasha Tusikov and I share a few thoughts on the policy lessons learned from the Quayside debacle. Reposted below: Sidewalk Labs’ smart-city plans for Toronto are dead. What’s next? On May 7, the Google company Sidewalk Labs … Continue reading

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Once more, with feeling: Facebook’s new Oversight Board continues to be an attempted end-run around actual regulation

Of course it will be a “reputational shield,” as The Guardian puts it. That’s the whole point of these types of exercise. So long as Facebook makes the rules, it holds all the cards that matter. Global platform governance is … Continue reading

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Rethinking the world

Some useful suggestions from Aisha Ahmad on how academics should work in these unprecedented times, none more helpful than her advice to use the current moment to question our assumptions about how the world works: In the spirit of distraction, … Continue reading

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