Category Archives: Research

Welcome to IR13.0

Here’s my welcome letter for the IR13.0 program(me): I have always considered 13 a lucky number, and I feel particularly lucky that we have the opportunity to come back to the United Kingdom for IR13.0. I recently moved to a new house, and in the process ran across a T-shirt from the first IR conference […]
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The Coming Gaming Machine, 1975-1985

Was going through old backups in the hope of finding some stuff I’ve lost and I ran into this, a draft I was working on around the turn of the millennium. Never went anywhere, and was never published. I was just pressing delete, when I realized it might actually be of interest to someone. It […]
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Research Universities and the Future of America

In case you haven’t seen this yet… This is one of those cases where fostering the elite is a good thing. Nothing wrong with funding community colleges or making tuition at four-year institutions more reasonable, but we are systematically undermining our country both economically and culturally by undercutting our large research universities. All hail the […]
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The Privacy Trade Myth

Cory Doctorow has a new essay in Technology Review entitled “The Curious Case of Internet Privacy”. He begins by outlining the idea of “the trade” an idea he rightly suggests has risen to the level of myth. “The trade” is simply that you are permitted to use a system like Facebook for free, and in […]
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