Technology

There is No Solution to the Problem of “Fake News”

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn the aftermath of the 2016 election, the term “fake news”, seldom heard previously, became ubiquitous. This was, of course, no coincidence: the unexpected victory of Donald Trump cried out for an explanation, and invoking the concept was one such attempt by the president’s many critics, who could not bring themselves to face the possibility that he won fairly […]

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Murdoch’s Right: Facebook would be better off paying publishers cash than lip service

Reading Time: 3 minutesRupert Murdoch, perhaps the most polarising media owner in the world, may seem an odd man to be a prophet of the future. He did sell off a large chunk of his media empire to Disney, after all: a move some have read as a retreat from the game of newsmaking which he lead at for so many years (often enough with dubious practices). It’s hard to side politically with […]

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Does the Future of Religion Lie in Technology?

Reading Time: 7 minutesPeople’s lives are so saturated with it that they sometimes speak of “withdrawal symptoms” on those increasingly rare occasions when they find themselves without internet access. The question then is whether religion dies out and mankind continues without it, or whether one or many new religions are born into the vacuum that will be left {…]

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What to Watch in 2018: The Biggest Tech Trends of the Year to Come

Reading Time: 3 minutes2017 has been a tumultuous year the world over – not least in technology. Between massive hacks of public and private organisations, the death of net neutrality in America, and the massive (and temporary) upsurge in the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, 2018 might have a tall bill to live up to. Here are the top five predictions for big tech trends over the coming twelve months [..]

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Sesame Credit and the Future of Social Credit

Reading Time: 2 minutesWhen it comes to bashing countries for poor internet freedom practices, China usually appears near the top of the list – and with good reason. Perhaps in part that’s because, in contrast with more crude filtering systems adopted in many authoritarian states, the Great Firewall is an almost elegant panopticon […]

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Are Cryptocurrencies Truly the New Monetary Paradigm?

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe rule in journalism is that any question you can ask in a headline can invariably answered “No”. Sadly for cryto enthusiasts, that holds true in this case as well. In all fairness, the bubble has not burst yet, in spite of experts and media pundits all clamouring that it’s about to. The breathlessness with which mainstream outlets. which formally left electronic money to nice sites with coin in their name […]

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