On Entitlement

From: Dr. Zdeněk Drábek To: MUDr. Martin Jan Stránský Date: 19 May 2020 You introduce in your interesting YouTube presentation few days ago the concept of entitlement and link it …

The Confused States of America

The first month of the pandemic in the US   George Blecher The Trump administration’s failing response to COVID-19 has prompted governors and mayors to step up and even form …

The business of disinformation

Judit Szakács   Disinformation is not always ideologically motivated. On the contrary, most fake news websites serve primarily to make money. The disinformation economy relies heavily on Facebook and Google …

The degradation of politics

Italy’s problem with hate speech   Anna Carola Freschi   The Italian far-right’s use of social media to inflame hatred is unprecedented in its extent and intensity. The result is …

Blind in one eye

The Hungary question and the European People’s Party   Jacques Rupnik   The list of signatories to the statement issued by members of the European People’s Party calling for the …

Why here?

A first-hand account of the COVID-19 losses from Bergamo, Italy   Paolo Barcella Not only the infected are in danger, hospitals don’t have capacity to deal with other emergencies either. …

We created this beast

The political ecology of COVID-19   Bram Ieven Jan Overwijk There is nothing ‘natural’ about the coronavirus pandemic: global capitalism has created it. Containment measures of social distancing bear the …

Eastern exodus

Slavenka Drakulić Eastern members of the EU are experiencing extreme depopulation, due to a combination of mass emigration and low birth rates. Nationalist governments pander to patriotic sentiments but consistently …

Gone viral

Covid-19 in the disinformation ecosystem Péter Krekó Patrik Szicherle From genocidal accusations to alleged cures, the coronavirus pandemic is accompanied by a swath of conspiracy theories. These are perpetrated not …

Game over for the monopolists?

On the race to regulate Big Tech   Matt Stoller   Calls for the regulation of Big Tech are being heard across the board, as the monopoly-dominated economy undergoes ideological …

A computer is all you need

How Big Tech – especially Digital Health – is eroding the social contract   Caroline Molloy Big Tech and its applications are often hailed as a way of democratizing healthcare. …

The end of anonymity

Daniel Leisegang The increasing use of facial recognition software by security services introduces a new era of surveillance. With it, public anonymity can be eliminated in a stroke. So why …

Another media regime is possible

From the liberal public sphere to the information commons   Dan Hind   In response to political pressure, digital platforms are abandoning their laissez-faire approach to content and allying with …