PHIL 222.3 — Philosophy in the Digital World

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Ripped from Today's Headlines (Literally): The Latest from WikiLeaks (30.07.17)

"WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents," New York Times (Mar. 7,2017)

If you're interested in the details, here's the WikiLeaks press release, together with a detailed overview of their "Vault 7" operation.


The Latest News in 'Cryptocurrency' (01.27.17)

In class today we'll be discussing how public key encryption could be used to facilitate anonymous digital cash. Bitcoin is probably the best-known name in this area, though it is not truly/fully anonymous. Here's some of the latest developments:

"Monero, the Drug Dealer’s Cryptocurrency of Choice, Is on Fire," Andy Greenberg, Wired, 01.25.17

Email Etiquette

To date, we haven't really discussed Virginia Shea's "Netiquette" in class (except to note how quaint the very idea of a guide to netiquette seems in 2017). Here, however, is what purports to be an update:

"How to Email -- An etiquette update: Brevity is the highest virtue." James Hamblin, The Atlantic, Sep. 29, 2016.

I leave it to you to judge whether Hamblin's suggestions are simply concessions to efficiency and effective time-managment or symptoms of some sort of Asperger's-like syndrome.




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