Tag: Algorithmic Authoritarianism and Digital Repression

There’s an interesting extract in this Guardian article about the growing civil war in the Republican party, concerning the adoption of Trump’s tactics by aspirant politicians within the party: Trump’s refusal to support McCain and Ryan comes exactly one week before Ryan faces a primary challenge from the businessman Paul Nehlen, a candidate who has […]

From Joshua Clover’s Riot. Strike. Riot pg 2. He argues that the return of the riot reverses a long term trend observed by Charles Tilley, in which the riot had given way to the strike as the foremost tactic in socially available repertoires of contention: As the overdeveloped nations have entered into sustained, if uneven, […]

This is the second time I’ve encountered this idea recently. How plausible is it? From Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, by Douglas Rushkoff, loc 1384: Digital technology, though, might finally give corporations the autonomy they need to make decisions without us, and even the bodies they need to execute their choices in the real […]

A worryingly plausible set of suggestions in this article: Absolute Loyalty to the Boss Partisan Control of all Three Branches ICE as a Gestapo for the Foreign-Born Politicizing the IRS Prosecutorial Discretion Presidential Regulatory and Executive Power Trump and the Labor MovemenThe Use of Mobs National Security Emergencies and Subversives Playing Favorites and Enemies with […]

From The Black Box Society, by Frank Pasquale, pg 52: An unaccountable surveillance state may pose a greater threat to liberty than any particular terror threat. It is not a spectacular dangers, but rather an erosion of a range of freedoms. Most insidiously, the “watchers” have the power to classify those who dare to point […]

Yesterday I blogged about the impossible demands placed upon staff as a management strategy. What happens if you fail to meet these demands? This is an important question but it’s one which becomes even more crucial if, as seems likely, predictive analytics hits human resources departments: Candidate Pre-screening – One of HR’s Best “Predictive Analytics […]

Perhaps something rather like this. From a disturbing but important article: The scary thing about VR as a torture device is its versatility. “It’s difficult to conceive of the upper limits of distress. The human mind’s capacity for suffering is tremendously vast,” the people at BeAnotherLab told me, “as is human ingenuity to cause suffering […]

I’m very interested in this concept, which I was introduced to through the work of Pierpaolo Donati and Andrea Maccarini earlier this year. It emerged from the work of Arnold Gehlen and refers to the role of human institutions in unburdening us from existential demands. This is quoted from his Human Beings and Institutions on pg 257 […]

There’s an interesting summary in Mediated Memories, by Jose van Dijck, pg 100-101 detailing research into the power of doctored media to shape false narratives: In the early 1990s, researchers from America and New Zealand persuaded experimental subjects into believing false narratives about their childhoods, written or told by family members and substantiated by “true” […]

This address to Congress seems remarkably relevant given current events in the United States. It’s quoted in The Deep State, by  Mike Lofgren, page 30: Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people. The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if […]

Lovely spot by Chris Hedges from a book I read many years ago which, as far as I can tell, made nearly zero impression on me at the time. This quotes from Rorty’s Achieving Our Country: Many writers on socioeconomic policy have warned that the old industrialized democracies are heading into a Weimar-like period, one in […]

I’ve wondered recently if my world view is becoming a little grim. On a number of occasions recently, I’ve done a talk which I can feel has gone down well and yet I’ve managed to depress my audience about the state of the world in the process. It’s for this reason that I’ve resisted tweeting […]

New Racisms II: Neoliberalism and its Others 9th and 10th June 2016 Venue: Silverstone Building, University of Sussex, Brighton UK Speakers Gargi Bhattacharyya, University of East London – author of Traffick, the illicit movement of people and things and Dangerous Brown Men. Arun Kundnani – author of ‘The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, extremism, and the […]