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Controlling China

Controlling China

There is a saying in the far east: killing the chicken to scare the monkeys. China’s authoritarian turn under President for life Xi Jinping has led to a modernising of the Cultural Revolution’s terrible show trials, where confessions are made on the state TV channel CCTV. The public shaming of dissidents, academics, lawyers, artists and journalists, among others, takes place after they have been broken in prison. One victim has been quoted as saying: Not only did they want to make you

 

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Black Dog

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Silicon Valley Blues

Silicon Valley Blues

Silicon Valley Blues
In giving more time and attention to bad things online, we attract algorithms which make us depressed and insecure. In thinking the rewards of social media outweigh the costs, we gamble this isn’t true.

Jaron Lanier, pioneer in the field of Virtual Reality, tech philosopher and scientist at Microsoft Research has undergone a conversion. Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now (Penguin, 2018) is characteristically pithy and makes uncomfortable reading.
He is quick to say every person must decide for themselves how they engage with social media, if at all. Lanier is a liberal, and it shows: there is no sense that people should be coerced into giving up social media or made to feel bad for continuing. He is realistic enough to know that most will carry on, but if it lay in his power,
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THE FRONTIERS OF AID
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