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João Ramalho-Santos is at the Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal. He teaches and researches many topics. He likes all his students; some like him back. But he thinks most of everything is forgettable anyway; although, as the new vice-rector for research, he can’t really say this out loud any more.
It seemed to take forever: navigating sites, clicking on pop-ups, checking boxes, confirming and reconfirming, introducing passcodes Eva barely remembered she had. Telling myriad interfaces that, yes, she understood all the terms, conditions, implications and possible repercussions; and yes, she was sure, exhaustedly sure. In the end, even though she could feel the system resisting, pleading, begging and threatening all at once, it finally relented. And Eva could declare herself free.