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From territorial to functional sovereignty: the case of Amazon

As digital firms move to displace more government roles over time, from room-letting to transportation to commerce, citizens will be increasingly subject to corporate, rather than democratic, control.

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From territorial to functional sovereignty: the case of Amazon

As digital firms move to displace more government roles over time, from room-letting to transportation to commerce, citizens will be increasingly subject to corporate, rather than democratic, control.

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The crowds and the individual: why we should rethink how we debate complex issues on social media

This is not an attempt to relitigate this episode, but to critically reflect on the underlying dynamics of social networks that contribute to such outcomes.

Intercommunication in Barcelona, past and future

"Instead of talking about the Greek debt and its creditors and the European Central Bank, we decided that a people-to-people message could be much more effective to lift up their spirits."

Milo Yiannopoulos, product of the crisis of post-modern politics

A troll who might as well be the new prototype of the 21st-century politician, what Milo does to us is what we have done to the world. Therein lies the challenge.

Let’s set the record straight on fake news, Mr President

An open letter and new year's message to President Emmanuel Macron from Paola Pietrandrea, member of the DiEM25 coordinating collective.

From territorial to functional sovereignty: the case of Amazon

As digital firms move to displace more government roles over time, from room-letting to transportation to commerce, citizens will be increasingly subject to corporate, rather than democratic, control.

The bigger battle to defend democracy online

With the big tech companies masters of the world’s new public square, it is vital they work to address anti-democratic manipulation of their platforms everywhere, not just in the United States.

From #Resistance to #Reimagining governance: 6 shifts that can improve the way we solve public problems

For change to be meaningful and positive, the question arises: What kind of government do we really want? One that moves us beyond resistance, to begin rebuilding.

Internet equality in question again: perspectives on Net Neutrality

As the US regulator seeks to erase Net Neutrality, we ask a number of commentators to share their views on this momentous decision.

Trading away our Privacy; the WTO Ministerial in Buenos Aires

If countries from the Global South want to prepare for data wars, they should start thinking about how to reduce the overwhelming control of Big Tech. Español

Who’s to blame? The internet on the defendant's bench

Seeking to unravel what is behind a change in public sentiment towards the internet, this series begins with intersecting dimensions in what is lazily often presented as ‘The Internet’s problem’.

The web began dying in 2014 – here's how

It may seem as though nothing has changed on the web – but since 2014, Google and Facebook hace acquired direct influence over more than 70% of internet traffic. They're not stopping there. 

There is only life and power – not digital and non-digital life and power

The inseparability between our on and offline lives is the single most important thing to understand about the impact of the internet on political life – which is why we need systems literacy, now.

Beyond the babble: social broadcasting and digital citizenship

The expression of emotion is key to the spread of declarations online. But can online identities really address the difficult political realities of migration?

Reimagining government data through the digital arts

Citizens have a right to actively participate in making knowledge about the societies of which they are a part and opening them to democratic contestation, intervention and reinvention.

Why progressives should support wikileaks

It is a fundamental political error to casually associate Wikileaks with neoconservatism or reactionary populism. No affinity between these two worlds is possible.

The quiet battle for control of the internet

The recent and intensifying push by governments to promote a concept of “digital sovereignty” represents a real and rising threat to the internet as a force for good.

The special power of disruption in an age of logistical warfare

It's easier to imagine spectacular violence than the banal, logistical governmentalities that constitute warfare. Yet it is often the same corporations delivering weapons to the frontlines as welfare checks on the home front.

Why you should know about Germany's new surveillance law

The controversial law allows government authorities to install a malware, the so-called ‘state trojan’, on smartphones, tablets and computers during a criminal investigation.

Outlaw spaces: strategic reversals of power at the margins

Countercultures are often ambivalent – taken to be radical, yet only rarely engaging with politics. Can this ambivalence be put to work differently, those in outlaw spaces redefining democracy in unexpected ways? Deutsch

What China can teach the west about digital democracy

China is a repressive country. It’s also a laboratory for democracy in the digital age.

How can you show that the Snowden disclosures are everybody's business?

What's to become of the Snowden files? Are these documents to be re-appropriated into the system they sought to expose – or can the leaks be elevated to the realm of the commons?

Could populism be a side effect of the Personalized Algorithm?

And can we work together so that one day we can use filter bubbles against themselves?

Breaking ideological gridlock from the bottom up

The key to advancing policies is to build diverse political support at grassroots level, leveraging that support against policymakers who put party loyalty before the needs of their constituents.

Why does the UK Data Protection Bill exempt the ‘risk profiling’ industry?

Anyone trying to open a bank account or send money overseas must undergo extensive risk assessment by private data-brokers, which amass non-credible data and falsely blacklist the wrong people on a speculative basis.

How online citizenship is unsettling rights and identities

The challenge is to transform the internet – and thus the world – from a place where identity is constantly surveilled, judged, and operationalised, to a place where we can act freely as citizens of a greater sphere of social relationships.

Repression and digital resistance in the #CATALANREFERENDUM

Success and failure in the use of digital tools in Catalonia’s rebellion; a calendar of events.

How the left can win the battle of the bots

Digital media present the progressive left with vast opportunities, but only if they can understand how data can be used for good.

The Israeli algorithm criminalizing Palestinians for online dissent

Israeli intelligence has developed a predictive policing system – a computer algorithm – that analyzes social media posts to identify Palestinian “suspects.”

How to preserve fundamental rights on the internet: a guide

The Spanish government's crackdown in Catalonia has shown that the entire population – not only Catalan people – needs tools to guarantee their fundamental rights. Here's a practical guide to securing them online. 

Weapons of maths destruction

“The financial crisis was the biggest loss of wealth for the black community that we’ve ever seen". How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy. An interview.

"Gains from AI could mean humans live for leisure some day"

What should we be asking about AI? A chat with Miles Brundage, researcher at the Future of Humanity Institute and specialist in artificial intelligence policy.

Web standards body constrains digital rights against members' wishes

A letter from Cory Doctorow after the World Wide Web Consortium moves to enforce a digital rights management standard without compromise, despite agreement from only 58.4% of members.

Will the 'Tory Momentum' fail?

After Momentum marshalled the youth vote with enviable mastery of social media, youthful Tories have hatched a plan to try to emulate Labour's success in the UK, with some hiccoughs along the way...

US cross-border data deal could open surveillance floodgates

Internet users should assess whether their domestic system would adequately prevent their government from abusing the arrangement, and whether local law enforcement can be held accountable.

The end of anonymity? Trump and the tyranny of the majority

Worldwide, there is an administration-sanctioned attack on anonymity, online and off.

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