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Method in Trump’s madness?

A look at Donald Trump’s 'travel bans' with an eye to the harvesting of personal data, and the EU-US Privacy Shield, now on life support.

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We design money with the blockchain

Would you design and run your own, fairer money system, with your own politics built into it, if only technology allowed?

End of the line: surveillance, precarity and resistance in the call centre

I spent six months undercover in call centres, researching how workers are subject to constant watch, psychological pressure, and what they do to resist. This is what I discovered.

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Representation is no longer enough - A Q&A with Michel Bauwens

A Q&A with Michel Bauwens, as part of our focus on Platform Co-ops and the forthcoming open2017 conference.

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What would Twitter be if it adopted Wikipedia’s politics?

As Twitter drowns with trolls, dictators and profit warnings, could now be the time for a co-operatively run, open source alternative?

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Algorithms: the villains and heroes of the ‘post-truth’ era

We often focus on the negative or positive impacts of algorithms. But is this a distraction from how power is actually deployed through them?

Expanding state power in times of ‘surveillance realism’: how the UK got a ‘world-leading’ surveillance law

A fragmented opposition, public resignation in the face of omnipresent data collection, and a dominant security discourse has created a social context for the Investigatory Powers Act to be passed largely unhindered.

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled against the UK government, but will they listen?

The court has ruled that the indiscriminate retention of electronic communications data by governments is incompatible with a modern democracy. But what will this mean following the Brexit vote?

Catalonian lessons: civil society has something to offer on the gaming tables of governance

A statement made before the Catalan Parliamentary Committee for the Study of Anti-Corruption Measures and for Democratic Regeneration.

Out of prison, Barrett Brown recommits himself to agitating against existing order

After four years behind bars on hacking-related charges, journalist and activist Barrett Brown, still plans a global platform by which to generate real, cogent, viable opposition to the state of things.

Digital democracy and technological sovereignty

Panel discussion: what place does technology have in the decline of neoliberalism, and the rise of populism? As social dependency on the Silicon Valley increases, how should we fight for our technological sovereignty? (108 minutes)

War, peace and the technological revolution

Technology is forcing through a new form of conversation — even in conflicts. How will the next generation of tools transform the construction of peace?

Networks, social movements and the internet in Mexico

We cannot imagine contemporary social movements, or even the world, without internet. But this world is changing all the time and we have much more to learn. Español

Beauty and callousness: the world of drone art

Artist Mahwish Chishty approaches the world of military drone warfare through the language of vibrant Pakistani ‘truck art’, in a stunning new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum.

Waking up to the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act

The myth of ‘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.

“Build democracy and it spreads like a virus”

A Q&A on Platform Co-ops with Nathan Schneider, as part of our focus on Platform Co-ops and the forthcoming open2017 conference.

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Hidden Warfare 3: Special forces

While Britain’s conventional army is being slashed, Britain’s special forces are benefiting from special treatment. Their budget was doubled in last year’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Loomio and the problem of deliberation

One of the frustrations within the current political system is that most people are alienated from deliberation. The founders of decision-making software Loomio want to give everyone access to that essential skill. 

The Facebook President: fact trumps fiction

Did Facebook really turn Hillary Clinton from POTUS 45 into Al Gore 2016?

The free space for data monopolies in Europe is shrinking

If the new EU data protection regulation is enforced equally for EU and non-EU companies, supported by anti-trust and consumer protection laws, new types of data-based monopolization could be controlled.

Resisting the movement of control

We must fight for more transparency, and against technologies of decision-making. We cannot not do it. But this is not enough. We must learn the language of becoming other. A Tacit Futures interview.

Big Brother is about to be joined by his Crazy Cousin. The time for trust is over.

Whatever happens over the next few years, if there is to be a storm, then it is best to prepare. It is essential that western liberal democratic societies are resilient enough to uphold their fundamental values.

Drones, Baby, Drones

Drama going beyond journalism at the Arcola theatre in London, until 26 November, Box Office: 0207 503 1646

Hidden Warfare 2: Drones

In an attempt to give them a better image, the British MoD has renamed them Protector rather than Predator.

Internet politics: a feminist guide to navigating online power

Recognising the political importance of our technical decisions is within reach, leading ultimately to reclaiming power and control of our activism in the digital sphere as well as in the offline world. Français Español

Hidden Warfare 1. Cyber

The UK agency would like to be known as on the front line defending UK interests from cyber attacks, rather than as an eavesdropping agency collecting data on individuals en masse.

UK re-elected to UN Human Rights Council despite worrying moves against press freedom at home

Press freedom in the UK is under threat as the Snoopers' Charter undergoes its third and final reading at the House of Lords today, 31 October.

Hyper-security, video-surveillance and borders: an interview with Catarina Frois

What types of democratic control of movement should we be fighting for?

Small steps in the struggle for digital rights?

In this rapidly expanding internet, the kinds of rights we need are often difficult to pin down – though pin them down we must if they are to be protected.

The UK’s Investigatory Powers Bill is about to become law – here's why that should terrify us

The evidence that these powers are all needed is thin indeed. And the cost to all of our privacy is huge.

European net neutrality, at last?

Article 3 of the Regulation defined the legal foundations of net neutrality in the EU, including the operators' obligation to "treat all traffic equally."

WashPost makes history: first paper to call for prosecution of its own source

News organisations usually owe duties of protection to their sources. The Washington Post is making history as the first paper to call for the prosecution of Edward Snowden, its own source, after accepting the Pulitzer Prize.

Drones, surveillance, population control: how our cities became a battleground

A new kind of warfare: how urban spaces are becoming the new battlefield, where the distinction between intelligence and military, and war and peace is becoming more and more problematic.

The Snooper's Charter: Will Britons' privacy be sacrificed for security?

The tools of mass surveillance and the suspension of privacy rights are normally reserved for use by dictatorships. Is Theresa May above the regimes and belief systems she seeks to oppose?

Into the unknown: Government surveillance after Brexit

We're living at the crux of two moments of political uncertainty. One is Brexit, and the other is the introduction of unprecedented surveillance powers. How might these uncertainties effect one another?

Governing Google

As for Google, without a more ‘joined up’ EU legal and regulatory framework integrating digital rights and economic concerns, users may need to look to solutions outside the law.

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