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 …

How disinformation became a winning strategy

Adam Ramsay   The Conservative victory in the UK election was driven by hatred of a broken political process inflamed by disinformation and media cynicism, argues Adam Ramsay of openDemocracy. …

Lies, fakes and deep fakes

Deceptions and scams in the age of Trump Sidney Tarrow   ‘Deep fakes’ are increasingly being used to damage the reputation of political leaders, interfere in elections, and undermine faith …

Gender craze

Revoking the MA in gender studies in Hungary and right-wing populist rhetoric Erzsébet Barát The Orbán regime’s ‘war on gender’ and scapegoating of scholarly dissent rely on long-lasting popular animosity …

The shelf-life of democracies

An interview with George Blecher on US politics in the age of Trump   George Blecher Adam Reichardt   Media acceleration puts enormous emphasis on speed, creating a pressure on …

The seven deadly sins of journalism

Daniel Pelletier Maximilian Probst Climate change is the biggest story ever – and yet the media do not do it justice. To blame are a number of journalistic vices, from …

Trust me, I’m lying

Why fake news is good news Valentin Groebner The history of news is the history of the confusion between the real and the fake – with that master of disguise, …

Pariahs and parvenus?

Refugees and new divisions in Europe   Valeria Korablyova Hannah Arendt once remarked that the rights of man proved to be unenforceable in postwar Europe. Currently, observes Valeria Korablyova, the …