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The myth of an ‘EU citizenship’

I don’t always rejoice in having a French passport. This, for all sorts of reasons that I won’t expose here. But yesterday, it felt like a huge big stone had fallen right next to...

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Copyright vs privacy

I have recently realised that a system that enforces copyright at all costs is simply not technologically compatible with respecting people’s privacy. Let me explain. I have been in the process of completely redesigning...

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Brilliant, decent philosophers

Eva von Redecker and I have just finished a small study of the ordinary language use of the word philosopher. The idea was simply to look at the distribution of philosopher in the British...

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Who will process my heartbeat?

I am always a bit slow getting the latest news, mostly because I don’t read the newspaper, or watch television, or listen to the radio. This is a shameful attitude, my friends tell me,...

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How small is the World Wide Web, really?

As people will tell you, the World Wide Web is big. The so-called ‘indexed’ Web, i.e. the documents you can access through a search engine, comes to around 45 billion pages (we are talking...