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I write about the intersections of technology, politics, and economics. I have a PhD in theoretical chemistry, a long career in the software industry, and my book No One Makes You Shop At Wal-Mart is a left-wing game-theoretical investigation of individual choice and its problems. It has been used in several university economics, philosophy and sociology courses.

More recently, my critical writing on the gulf between Silicon Valley rhetoric and practice, and particularly on the politics of openness & sharing, has caught the attention, if not the agreement, of leading lights from various “Open X” movements.

Also, you may remember me from my articles in The Literary Review of Canada, The New Inquiry, The Guardian, or Jacobin Magazine.

Contact: tslee at web dot ca

3 Comments

  1. Hi Tom,

    I spotted your name on an old post on the Open Data “movement” that made it to Hacker News just now. I’ve been picking away at the subject of Open Data for some time (http://purl.org/UKPARLIAMENT/2008/11/ukppschema.owl) and have been on the fringes of the open data community in the UK. I can privately share some first-hand observations that you might find interesting,. Whimsley introduced me to Stiglitz’ “market for lemons” example of the consequences of asymmetric information which has subsequently been a core theme of my personal work. I’ve long since lost your email address, so if you’re interested in some (albeit relatively trivial) gossip, ping me a reply at the above address.

    Cheers,

    Graham

  2. How can we contact you about an article repost? Please give us an email!

  3. Done (above). Thanks for pointing out the omission.

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