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Resisting surveillance

By Shoshana Zuboff / 26 April, 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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Elections under attack

By Max Bergmann / 26 April, 2019

Today, US and European elections occur in a period of increased geopolitical competition but also against the backdrop of an increasingly volatile political and communications environment. The upcoming European elections are no exception: the threat of Russian interference is real. Every election in the US and Europe since 2016 has...

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Populists are social media savvy

By Jean-Yves Camus / 26 April, 2019

Populists use social media to target younger voters and bypass traditional mainstream media that are seen as hostile. They create the impression that they are the truly modern parties, while their opponents, who were not able to catch up, still rely on old-style politics. Did you know that the French...

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The Digital Age: A Progressive Future of Work

By Florian Ranft / 26 February, 2019

Shaping the future of work in the digital age for the benefit of society is a key task for Progressives. The challenges surrounding the fourth industrial revolution are an impetus to think comparatively, put forward an inclusive narrative, and develop a holistic policy reform agenda.   Over the past century,...

Manufacturing Dissent? Fake-news, Micro-targeting and Democracy

By Maria João Rodrigues / 18 February, 2019

For this edition of the Progressive Post, we decided to focus on digital democracy. The European elections are nearing, and as a politician, I am looking forward to them. Elections are the hallmark of our democracy and a moment of optimism. But I am also vigilant, because it seems that...

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Digitalisation is not the devil

By Anthony Gooch / 5 February, 2019

Globalisation has been the whipping boy for all that is going wrong in these times of political uncertainty. In Europe and beyond, too many people feel that greater economic openness and interconnectedness has cost them a lot and brought few rewards. They feel unheard, do not know where to look...

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“The management of intellectual inequalities is the greatest challenge of the 21st century”

By Laurent Alexandre / 4 February, 2019

Artificial Intelligence is at the heart of the digital revolution. Will it help to reduce inequalities? Its influence on the development of human potential is underestimated as are its very real impacts on education and health.   The Progressive Post: Will the digital revolution reduce or increase inequalities? Laurent Alexandre:...

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Automation of the work will not happen overnight

By David Hémous / 29 January, 2019

Contrary to popular belief, the automation of work and everyday tasks will not happen overnight. It will be a gradual process over time. It is important to channel this change.   The Progressive Post: Are we really experiencing a technological revolution? David Hemous: Automation is happening, but it’s a gradual...

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Are we moving towards a working poor society?

By Philippe Van Parijs / 28 January, 2019

The technological revolution, a factor in the disappearance of jobs – this is an idea which is increasingly propounded, and yet Philippe Van Parijs is unconvinced. In an interview he explains the need for a universal income to go alongside this change.   The Progressive Post: It is often said...

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Universal welfare for changing markets

By David Rinaldi / 17 January, 2019

Digital technologies and robotisation create employment opportunities – but other jobs will irrevocably be lost. Fears about job quantity should not drive attention away from addressing job quality. Basic income solutions have been tabled to deal with many people out of the labour market. Such solutions may end up weakening...

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