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The booming industry of Chinese state internet control

The industrialization of Internet control inevitably means that the budding expression of dissent in China is being prematurely transformed into controllable information flows.

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The booming industry of Chinese state internet control

The industrialization of Internet control inevitably means that the budding expression of dissent in China is being prematurely transformed into controllable information flows.

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Digital parties on the rise: a mass politics for the era of platforms

The old party system appears in serious distress, faced with challengers using digital technology as a means to achieve the utopian goal of a more democratic society.

Is the internet to blame for the rise of authoritarianism?

Three perspectives on whether the internet is having a damaging impact on democracy.

The booming industry of Chinese state internet control

The industrialization of Internet control inevitably means that the budding expression of dissent in China is being prematurely transformed into controllable information flows.

Mental health and artificial intelligence: losing your voice

While we still can, let us ask, "Will AI exacerbate discrimination?" as the productive forces of mental health are restructured within a techno-psychiatric complex. Poem.

“Same story, different soil”: the Deathscapes Project gets under way

Hawk Newsome: “It’s the same story, different soil... from Long Bay to the USA. In Sydney, his name is David Dungay. In New York City, his name is Eric Garner.”

Mark Zuckerberg’s dilemma – what to do with the monster he has created?

Facebook seems surprised that its monopolistic platform has been weaponised by political actors. So who's going to tackle the perfect storm, asks John Naughton?

The politics of artificial intelligence: an interview with Louise Amoore

Artificial intelligence, in settings as diverse as politics, commerce, policing and warfare, amplifies longstanding prejudices circumscribing access to the political public sphere, changing our relations to ourselves and others.

The EU call it copyright, but it is massive Internet censorship and must be stopped

We citizens battling for civil rights on the Internet will meet our obligation and fight the good fight. We’ll stop this attack on the Internet and democracy sooner or later.

Rethinking AI through the politics of 1968

We need to pursue a political philosophy that was embraced in '68, of living the new society through authentic action in the here and now.

Is the tide turning on regulating Facebook and Google?

Facebook and Google are modern utilities - and natural monopolies - so they need a utility regulator.

Our governments share responsibility for the Cambridge Analytica crisis… and here’s how they should fix it

Government must regulate before privatised military propaganda firms interfere with any more elections

Russia, the internet and "political technologists" - is this the future of democracy?

As more revelations emerge about Russian interference in Western democracies, Nick Inman reviews a BBC broadcast that asks if Russia is merely where 21st century ideas of democracy died first.

Techlash: why Facebook’s approach to #FakeNews ultimately fails

Zuckerberg needs to take a step back and allow institutions to flourish. There are only bigger waves looming ahead.

Do you agree?: What #MeToo can teach us about digital consent

The conversation around sexual consent could radically change the way we think of consent online.

Facebook and journalism. Part two

Facebook has fundamentally changed the news ecosystem and has, in fact, jeopardised press freedom and plurality – whether willingly or not.

In the era of artificial intelligence: safeguarding human rights

Today, it is all too easy for governments to permanently watch you and restrict the right to privacy, freedom of assembly, freedom of movement and press freedom.

The EU is killing our democratic spaces using copyright as a Trojan horse

DiEM25’s position on Copyright Reform: democratize technology instead of allowing it to be used as a giant censorship machine in the interest of big business.

CIA whistleblower: ''No regrets. I would do it all again''

Whistleblower John Kiriakou explains why he and fellow-whistlebower Thomas Drake are committed to alerting their fellow Americans to a dangerous surveillance and war system designed to monitor their every activity. 31-minute video Interview.

To restore trust in technology, we must go further than GDPR

Privacy controls are a step in the right direction but more must be done to tackle misinformation.

As Cambridge Analytica and SCL Elections shut down, SCL Group's defence work needs real scrutiny

We can’t understand the significance of Cambridge Analytica without looking at the network it sits in, and how inadequate controls nurtured aspects of this networks’ development.

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. 

Doing anti-surveillance activism differently

Recent campaigns waged in two Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries provide some interesting lessons about challenging excessive state security power. 

Microsoft’s Tech Accord – what it tells us about the cyber state of play

In the current climate, the impact of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord which, without explicitly saying it, gestures towards a form of self-regulation for the tech industry – needs close monitoring.

In this age of populism, it’s not ‘Cyber’ that’s being Balkanised – it’s people

The Balkans, already facing charges of bringing the world the First World War and the term ‘ethnic cleansing’, are now being blamed with a new offence: ‘Cyber-Balkanisation’.

The Cam-Book gate scandal will not restore our privacy, will it?

For us to care about the practices of corporations, reclaim our privacy and contest mass-surveillance we should not need the shock therapy of Trumpian politics.

Dreadful symmetry: kill boxes, racism and US sovereign power in the digital age

Nearly all of the killings and excuses for killings carry this mark of the “pre-insurgent”. All the time we hear, “we thought he was reaching for a gun”.

Manifesto on algorithmic humanitarianism

The nature of machine learning operations mean they will actually deepen some humanitarian problematics and introduce new ones of their own. This banality of machine learning is also its power.

Snowden to Cambridge Analytica – making the case for the social value of privacy

Constitutionally inculcated rights and morality are slowly being undone “by the use of automated processes to assess risk and allocate opportunity”.

Cambridge Analytica: the outrage is the real story

The bitter pill many refuse to swallow shows the difference between the world we think we’re in, and the one we really inhabit.

Cambridge Analytica is what happens when you privatise military propaganda

You can't understand the Cambridge Analytica scandal until you understand what its parent company does.

‘Cambridge Analytica’: surveillance is the DNA of the Platform Economy

The current social mobilization against Facebook resembles the actions of activists who, in opposition to neoliberal globalization, smash a McDonald’s window during a demonstration.

From Obama to Cambridge Analytica: how did we get here? (Podcast)

Where did the controversial 'influence campaigns' come from? Two Obama volunteers look back at the revolution they started in 2008 – and how a grassroots effort in Virginia – people before party – could be key to vanquishing Trump.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is a drop of water trickling down the visible top of an iceberg. Focus on decentralizing power

We need open and robust debates. We cannot afford anything less than this. Too much is at stake. Part Three.

How should we think about Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, Russia and shady billionaires

An authoritarian surveillance state is being built in the US, while a massive land grab for power, by billionaires via our data, subverting British democracy, is well under way. 

The problem isn’t just Cambridge Analytica or Facebook – it’s “surveillance capitalism”

We’ve ended up with an internet built not for us – but for corporations, political parties, and the state’s increasingly nebulous ‘security’ demands. We need to better understand this problem so that we can challenge it.

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