How truly innovative are companies like Uber and Airbnb, super-monopolies that capture entire markets by locking vendors and customers into their platforms?
The digital pin-ups' business models actually inhibit serendipity and, indeed, innovation by absorbing entire markets into the sealed-off space of their platforms.
When the smart city looks inhuman: a robot police officer from Dubai greets guests at last November’s Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
The corporate world has taken the lead in promoting various creative/smart city visions, which struggle to be inclusive, let alone entrust citizens with control over their lives.
Gamification in schools teaches children that they should expect their every move to be watched, rated, and possibly shared publicly.
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Pencil by default: the digital skills demanded by the welfare system may baffle Daniel Blake, but he is resourceful, creative and willing to work.
Parents should be involved in their children’s use of electronic devices.
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The lead author of a new American Academy of Pediatrics statement summarizes important guidelines for children's use of electronic devices.
Are we living in a postmodern screen dream?
Angst when you forget your smartphone is not only a real psychological phenomenon--it also highlights a quintessentially postmodern problem: what the author calls the "anxiety of the disconnected".
Much of the ‘smart cities’ rhetoric is dominated by the economic, with little reference to the natural world and its plight.
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The rhetoric of 'smart cities' is dominated by the economic, with little reference to the natural world and its plight. Truly smart and resilient cities need to be more in tune with the planet.
When should a work go into public doman?
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A copyright law that has frozen the entry of many works into public domain is approaching its end. Will a further extension of its term be detrimental to the common good?
Beware the digital evolution.
Science fiction has long warned of technology taking over the world. We're increasingly connected to a digital world that's growing, and more automated. So what if it starts to evolve?
The ride-hailing app Go-jek is part of Indonesia’s growing creative economy.
Creative industries have the potential to provide much needed jobs in Indonesia. But, without a law on creative economy, industries are being subjected to rigid sectoral regulations.
The dreaded blue screen of death has become so ubiquitous it’s now fodder for comedy.
What is it about modern digital technology that inspires suspicion rather than trust?
The author (right) and Toby Grime, Artistic Director Animal Logic (left), inside UTS’s new Data Arena.
Today's world is drenched in data, and we need the best tools to help us understand and use it.
Considering the prevalence of typing, why waste time teaching children handwriting?
Many lament that the “good old days” when they were taught “the basics” at school have gone. When launching the National Curriculum in 2010, then-prime minister Kevin Rudd stated his objective was: … without…