10+ years of activists silenced: Internet intermediaries’ long history of censorship

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The people who cheered as offensive content was censored by internet providers should not be so quick to applaud. They may soon find the same tactic used against causes they love. A look back at examples over the past 10 years can help demonstrate why we all have cause for concern. 

The networked Fourth Estate

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There is no such thing as ‘fake news’. All press has an agenda. And increasingly establishment media is reliant on non-traditional players to lend it credibility. The vain attempts of those with vested interests to censor and control the supply of information online will soon have no choice but to accept that the decentralisation of journalism is imperative to their survival.

The truth will not be Googled

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Google has come under scrutiny by free-speech advocates for shutting down neo-Nazi website, Daily Stormer, seemingly too distracted to notice the tech giant has been waging a censorship campaign against progressive news organisations that publish content which conflicts with the narrative of the Washington establishment, along with Facebook and Twitter, on the grounds of ‘fake news’. 

The future of work: three mega-trends

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The path of innovation and its social consequences are almost entirely shaped by social factors such as culture, politics, regulatory mechanisms and economic arrangements.  Anticipatory researcher, Graham Brown-Martin explores the future of work and the three mega-trends that will likely come to dominate the workplace. 

CNN vs The Internet

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Just when you thought CNN couldn’t set the bar any lower, it outdoes itself by blackmailing a Reddit user to bolster its own failing business model, simultaneously inflaming racial tensions and destroying trust in journalism, all in the same day. That is quite an achievement.

The NHS – Where From Here?

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The NHS founding principle was simple: comprehensive, universal healthcare free at the point of delivery. Now it’s a political football shaped by the governing parties’ economic beliefs – but is there something else at play behind party politics.

Is getting an MBA degree a good idea?

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MBA programs are great and have a lot of career benefits. But when you scratch the surface of the apparent exclusive benefits of such programs, you may discover that all that glitters is not gold…

Generation Crunch

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Beyond the generalisations of who has had it tougher, today’s economic benefits don’t seem to be as abundant. Everyone is being caught in the squeeze from pensions to housing, education and job security. So should we defuse or detonate the demographic time bomb?