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Informit: Min(e)d control

Have data become a strategic commodity for twenty-first century governments?Facebook is newsworthy. Hardly a week passes without the company occupying some section of the newspaper, be it 'Society', 'Economy' or 'Politics'. Admiration for its skyrocketing market share, suspicion about its legendary CEO or indignation about its ultra-volatile privacy settings keep it in the headlines but alter surprisingly little of its astounding, ongoing success. More than 800 million people, according to the latest figures, have endorsed…

Informit: Radical potentials in a networked world?

I would like to begin by thanking Boris Frankel for his extended reply to my article 'Killer Drones, Dieback and Democracy', and hence the opportunity to clarify several points he contests. This extends a Markov chain of chattering white middle-aged middle-class metropolitan males still further: Bolt, Manne, Assange, Frankel, myself ... That said, my focus on the near-identical rhetoric of free speech shared by the first three of these personages was intended to distinguish them…