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Burning Man’s Relationship to Politics in a Time of Activism | Burning Man Journal
What value Burning Man brings as an apolitical event. This op-ed makes the case that the apolitical nature brings people together in a very divisive political climate and teaches them to focus on higher values than politics.
burn  politics  activism 
14 minutes ago by atelathehun
Islamic fundamentalist Corbyn should be ashamed of himself – if only he'd been more like Thatcher | Mark Steel
Corbyn supported every gay rights campaign at a time when it was considered extremist to do so. And the way he managed to be an extremist Islamic fundamentalist and an extremist gay rights fanatic at the same time only shows how dangerous he is.
16th  august  2018  mark  steel  independent  politics  jeremy  corbyn 
31 minutes ago by pnjman
Trump's 'dirty war' on media draws editorials in 300 US outlets
Starting with the Boston Globe itself, the editorial there, headlined Journalists Are Not The Enemy, argued that a free press had been a core American principle for more than 200 years.

The New York Times chose the headline A Free Press Needs You, calling Mr Trump's attacks "dangerous to the lifeblood of democracy". It published excerpts from dozens more publications beneath.

The New York Post - a pro-Trump tabloid - answered the Globe's call by saying "Who are we to disagree?" adding: "It may be frustrating to argue that just because we print inconvenient truths doesn't mean that we're fake news, but being a journalist isn't a popularity contest. All we can do is to keep reporting." But it also said: "Will this make a difference? Not one whit".

The Topeka Capital-Journal was another paper to join the campaign. It said of Mr Trump's attack on the media: "It's sinister. It's destructive. And it must end now." The paper was one of the few to endorse Mr Trump in 2016.
politics  usa  trump  journalism 
1 hour ago by terry
Documents Reveal Successful Cyberattack in California Congressional Race – Rolling Stone
The target of these attacks, Dr. Hans Keirstead, a stem-cell scientist and the CEO of a biomedical research company, finished third in California’s nonpartisan “top-two” primary on June 5th, falling 125 votes short of advancing to the general election in one of the narrowest margins of any congressional primary this year.
politics  security 
1 hour ago by amy
Second chances: how ex-convicts are lighting up the cannabis industry
New Massachusetts law aims to help those previously jailed for non-violent marijuana offenses by training them to work in the legal pot industry
news  culture  politics 
2 hours ago by rmohns
How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump
To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.
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I and many others who watched authoritarian regimes were already worried. A key issue for me was how microtargeting, especially on Facebook, could be used to wreak havoc with the public sphere. It was true that social media let dissidents know they were not alone, but online microtargeting could also create a world in which you wouldn’t know what messages your neighbors were getting or how the ones aimed at you were being tailored to your desires and vulnerabilities.
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It was a shift from a public, collective politics to a more private, scattered one, ...
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There doesn’t seem to have been a major realization within the US’s institutions—its intelligence agencies, its bureaucracy, its electoral machinery—that true digital security required both better technical infrastructure and better public awareness about the risks of hacking, meddling, misinformation, and more.

-- Zeynep Tufekci
MIT Technology Review | technologyreview.com | 14 aug 2018
activism  communication  culture  history  internet  internet-control  internet-culture  internet-freedom  internet-power  internet-security  politics  format-article  type-information  type-opinion 
4 hours ago by tometaxu

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