Bailiff Britain

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The privatisation of debt collection in Britain has resulted in a boom for the bailiff industry of such massive proportions it would make Al Capone blush. Over 300 UK local authorities outsourced their debt collection to private bailiffs in 2014-15. More than two million debt collection referrals took place over that 12-month period, which works out to more than six new debt enforcement instructions every minute. This is why the industry is seeing double digit growth year-on-year. But at what social cost?

Black lists matter: the betrayal of democratic liberalism

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Democracy 2.0 is having its own modern-day McCarthy moment: Millionaire George Soros has published a blacklist of thousands of politicians, journalists, academics and celebrities ever to appear on Russian state broadcaster, RT, designed to intimidate anyone from ever appearing on the network which has already been defunded by NatWest, demonetised by social media giants that have rapidly become privately outsourced state regulators. This campaign of censorship and content control is proof of an establishment fast losing control of the narrative.

‘Good leaders make you feel safe’ – Sinek

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Good leaders are like good parents: You wouldn’t simply cut your kids’ allowance the minute their academic performance starts to suffer, so why would you do the same to your workforce, expecting different results? Creating trust and safety — particularly in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility. Read on to discover companies who didn’t simply begin slashing their workforces the minute the writing was on the wall.

Facebook and Google: the new colonial powers

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When an online service is free, you’re not the customer, you’re the product. Social media giants, Facebook and Google have created a digital equivalent of a Plantation Economy where the dominant corporations in search, social media and digital advertising limit the options of users simply by being essential due to their dominance, silencing online voices that threaten their models’ legitimacy under the guise of ‘fake news’.

‘Never have we been more accessible & more disconnected from the lives of others’

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Award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Jon Snow says The Grenfell Tower disaster is a demonstration of the elite’s failure to engage with the lives of those on which they report. The explosion of digital media may have filled the void left by the decimation of the newspaper industry, but it has not connected the Fourth Estate any more effectively with the left behind, the disadvantaged and the excluded.

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’.