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The Coming Ethics of the Internet of Things

During the 1930s, with the New Deal kicking off public infrastructure works throughout the United States, a larger-than-life figure rose to prominence in New York City. Robert Moses, an urban planner and Park Commissioner, was largely responsible for the rapid growth of New York City infrastructure in response to the rise of the automobile and the influx of government funding. Moses was responsible for hundreds of public works projects: the bridges of the boroughs of New York, the parkways of Long Island, and playgrounds throughout the city.1 ...

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Early Termination Fees: The (Necessary?) Costs of 'Cancel Culture'

A lot of column inches have been burned on pieces about “Cancel Culture” lately; this is another one. The tenor of those pieces range from concern trolling about the fates of mostly-privileged folks who find themselves targeted by Cancel Culture, to pieces defending it as an unavoidable and necessary process of accountability. Too often, though, those pieces lack a critical element: the costs of Cancel Culture paid by those partaking in it. Without evaluating whether Cancel Culture is “good” or “bad” (which are fallacious concepts nevertheless), this piece will try to explore the taxes Cancel Culture imposes on the progress towards a goal. ...