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Norwegian writer Mette Newth once wrote
that: “censorship has followed the free expressions of men and women
like a shadow throughout history.” As we develop new means to gather and
create information, new means to control, erase and censor that
information evolve alongside it. Today that means access to information
through the internet, which motivates us to study internet censorship, writes Dr Emiliano De Cristofaro (UCL Computer Science) in The Conversation.
Published: Nov 20, 2014 4:59:21 PM
In 1919, Ivy MacKusick, an art student at UCL’s Slade School of Fine Art, completed a Portrait of a Man in His Shirtsleeves. We know nothing about the man of African descent depicted in this portrait. It was painted during the inaugural year of the Harlem Renaissance, which was also a year of violent race riots in the United States and Britain. The evocative painting makes it hard not to speculate about the thoughts passing through the man’s mind as he sat for the Slade students, writes Dr Caroline Bressey (UCL Geography) in The Conversation. More...
Published: Nov 13, 2014 2:10:21 PM
Projects such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature's
Green List are beginning to evaluate the effectiveness of protected
areas systematically. This will help to shift the focus of conservation
efforts from targets assessed just by hectares to other, more-meaningful
objectives, focused on effectiveness. But to learn from successes and
failures, we must also evaluate governance systems, writes Dr Peter Jones (UCL Geography) in Nature.
Published: Nov 11, 2014 4:46:38 PM
A year and a half after Snowden’s initial NSA revelations, internet
privacy has become one of the most widely discussed topics in media and
technology. But there is little evidence that snooping habits have
diminished. Even apps that emerged to ensure consumer anonymity, such as
Snapchat and Whisper,
have been under investigation for breeching their own privacy specs.
But how much has changed in the mindset of consumers, and are we
genuinely concerned about privacy, writes Professor Tomas Chamorro Premuzic (UCL Clinical,
Educational & Health Psychology) in the Guardian Media Network.
Published: Nov 11, 2014 12:20:24 PM
Fireworks seem to go off pretty much continually between Halloween and the weekend-after-Bonfire-night these days. I don’t object, and I rather like pumpkins and zombie costumes. Cats, witches and skeletons too. Though I’m not sure what nightmares were being channelled by the small child who came trick-or-treating to our door dressed as a ladybird. And then Bonfire Night on Wednesday. None of this weird American Halloween stuff, just the fine old British tradition of burning a religious terrorist in effigy, writes Professor Jon Butterworth (UCL Physics & Astronomy) in The Guardian. More...
Published: Nov 10, 2014 1:10:32 PM