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Resisting surveillance

By Shoshana Zuboff / 7 June, 2019

Shoshana Zuboff’s new book ‘Surveillance Capitalism’ explores a new step in the history of capitalism, where big tech, and increasingly other branches of the economy, are making profits with data, extracted from citizens without their consent, and transformed into raw material for behaviour predictions – with destructive effects on the...

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Cognitive capitalism and the assault on democracy

By Laurent Alexandre / 19 May, 2019

From our idea of a human being to every aspect of society – in the light of Artificial Intelligence, everything needs to be re-thought. Saving us and our society won’t happen without a profound questioning of democracy’s current ways of functioning, and without leaders who understand the challenges of the...

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No reason for AI and GAFAM to escape democratic oversight

By Paul Nemitz / 18 May, 2019

The triad of human rights, democracy and the rule of law are the core elements of western, liberal constitutions. All actions of government, legislators and indeed societal reality are measured against these principles. Given the foreseeable pervasiveness of artificial intelligence (AI) in modern societies, the question needs to be asked...

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Setting up the internet for the common good

By Geert-Jan Bogaerts / 13 May, 2019

A Dutch coalition of about 20 parties, reaching about 5 to 7 million people, has joined forces to combat Silicon Valley capitalism and Chinese collectivism. It’s about fixing the internet and making it work for the common good. We’re now expanding our network to a European level. What if? –...

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Social Democracy in the time of cyberdemocracy

By Christophe Rouillon / 11 May, 2019

How to bridge the gap between technology and Progressives? In favour of training progressive elected representatives and activists, Christophe Rouillon encourages Social Democrats to join democracy 2.0 – a challenge for the upcoming European elections. The cyberspace is a new space of public expression that politicians can no longer ignore....

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Bridging the gap between technology and progressive politics

By Donatella Della Ratta / 10 May, 2019

There are several overlapping topics pointing at a widening of gap between politics and the use of internet technologies in society. We feel that we can no longer keep these spaces separated, or leave them surrounded by ambiguities and grey areas, or appropriated by alt-right groups, populism or regressive politics....

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Popping the Bubble

By Umberto Boschi / 9 May, 2019

How to explore dissent and controversiality about the upcoming elections or why and how we should build a glass house for Facebook. Facebook Tracking Exposed is among the projects that provide tools to test your own filter bubble, to compare how the same topic has been perceived differently by others...

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Tightening the knot

By Tom Dobber / 7 May, 2019

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) killing democracy? The short answer is no. Not yet. However, AI does affect core principles of democratic societies. Let us take a look at one fundamental pillar of democracies: elections. Elections are preceded by a campaign period in which voters find themselves on a marketplace of...

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Knocking on virtual doors

By Joakim Johansson / 1 May, 2019

The Swedish Social Democrats are the country’s leading organisation in canvassing — in the physical space. On the internet however, the alt-right party ‘the Sweden Democrats’ has gone from guerrilla warfare to an all-out dominance on social media, a trend mirrored throughout Europe. How can Progressives transfer their canvassing dominance...

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“Citizens need to organise against the social media regime”

By Vincent Mosco / 26 April, 2019

Big Tech and governments are creating a powerful system of surveillance capitalism. But Vincent Mosco sees alternatives: citizens’ mobilisation, applying anti-monopoly legislation, breaking the likes of Google and Facebook and European alternatives are amongst them. Progressive Post: In your book ‘Becoming Digital’, you analyse the convergence of different technologies (Internet...

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