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About Phoebe Braithwaite

Phoebe Braithwaite writes for WIRED UK. She was formerly a submissions editor at openDemocracy. She tweets at @phoebraithwaite.

Articles by Phoebe Braithwaite

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Our data doubles: how biometric surveillance ushers in new orders of control

The use of biometric data brings the border within the body: algorithms' apparent objectivity and efficiency obscure the brutality of the tasks they accomplish, deciding who is fit to stay or go, who to live or die. 

How UK anti-abortion activists use American tactics to shock and shame women

50 years after the 1967 Abortion Act, the anti-abortion movement is consolidating – with transatlantic support.

Refuse, retract, resist: boycott the schools census

As the British state tries to make a register of foreign-born children, parents should question a liberal trust in government and reject borders in classrooms. An interview with Gargi Bhattacharyya.

Smiling into the abyss: what is Facebook doing to our mental health?

Lazy and unconcerned, or buckling under the strains of late capitalism? A manifesto for the selfie generation asks whether we can break our addiction to social media. Book review.

Can platforms be repurposed for progressive ends?

The dream, for platform cooperators, is to supersede these Silicon giants with cooperatively-owned-and-run labour and logistics interfaces, working with local economies rather than against them.

Waking up to the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act

The myth that ‘this is a liberal democracy, these things don’t happen here’ is shattered. And now we have created an infrastructure for really serious social and political control.

Ripping back the veil: an interview with Arun Kundnani

Trump promises politics in its naked form: the seizure of power for his clan, and be damned with all the rest. As the centre ground collapses, we must not cling to it. 

Muslims have rights – so let’s stand up for them

Hate crime against Muslims in the US is at its highest level in 15 years. The #MuslimsHaveRights campaign assembles academics, activists and artists who refuse to accept anti-Muslim bigotry.

Refugees are trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea

And while the refugee crisis bleeds on, Europe's truly "rich and strong" make their own rules.

From ‘migrant’ to ‘refugee’, our language has run dry

Much as the distended stomachs of starving children have stopped moving publics to action, so the abjection of refugees no longer shocks.

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