The peer who’s opened the debate on the internet, social networking and the mind

by Andrew KeenIt’s not often that I get asked by a Baroness to make a public appeal on her behalf. But then Baroness Greenfield is no ordinary Life Peer. Not only is the 58-year-old scientist the Oxford Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology, the chancellor of Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University and the director of the Royal Institution, but she is also the most notorious member of the House of Lords in cyberspace.”Can you please make an appeal?” she asked me, when we talked last week. “An appeal for a serious public debate which explores both the good and bad impact of the internet on children’s brains.”

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