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Registered Humans And The Risks Of Forced Digitalization

The state, as well as companies, want to know as much as possible about citizens. The battle against the unstoppable digitalization of our world seems hopeless. Germany is particularly sensitive to the downsides.

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Jannis Brühl

MUNICH — Search engines love people like Ulrich Greveler. "My name is a primary index," the German informatics professor says. The notion "primary index" comes from database query language, and Greveler explains that his name is like a client number, clearly identifiable. If you Google him, you'll find information explicitly concerning Greveler, from his success stories to insults published by his enemies.

People with more common names create a digital "blurring," meaning that it becomes more difficult to find information about them on the Internet. Any Michael Müller in Germany (or John Smith in Britain) would know what we're talking about.

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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