The trolls are winning, says Russian troll hunter. Slaying online trolls can be a lonely business. Just ask Russia’s Lyudmila Savchuk, who first exposed the story of Russia’s disinformation campaign back in 2014. The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies. In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its streaming video service, known today as Amazon Prime Video.
Based in Portland, Ore., Elemental made software for compressing massive video files and formatting them for different devices. Its technology had helped stream the Olympic Games online, communicate with the International Space Station, and funnel drone footage to the Central Intelligence Agency. The danger of left nationalism in the UK and Europe. What’s happened to Socialist Internationalism?
Anna Paterson finds disturbing signs around the Corbyn leadership of an insular political project From Germany to France to the UK, some parts of the left see clawing back the sovereignty of the nation state and curbing immigration as key to protecting “our own workers and communities” and rolling back neoliberalism. These ideas are now more than ever at odds with the reality of global capitalism, and the limits of what nation states can achieve in isolation. 20 reasons you should vote to leave the European Union Rationalist destroys Leavers with list of all EU laws that have been forced on us against our will. Is the British establishment finally finished? In his 2014 book The Establishment, Owen Jones explained how and why Britain’s unequal, class-ridden system would always prevail.
It was written at a time when the elite seemed to be thriving, despite having recently helped to trash the global economy. After a few lean years for “Davos man”, bank debt had effectively been nationalised. No one in power had gone to jail, while most of them seemed to be getting richer and richer. As Jones explained, the establishment was as dominant as ever. Developments since then have sorely tested that view. These twelve “Theresa May’s Photo Casebooks” are brilliantly funny.
Next Prev Swipe left/right These twelve “Theresa May’s Photo Casebooks” are brilliantly funny Following the wonderful Nigel Farage’s Photo Casebooks comes similar but with Theresa central stage – all updated and ready for this exciting election.
Make sure you read all 12 and follow @TMayCasebooks for more. 1. Today's FAZ report on May's disastrous dinner with Juncker - briefed by senior Commission sources - is absolutely damning. : Scotland. British army creates team of Facebook warriors. The British army is creating a special force of Facebook warriors, skilled in psychological operations and use of social media to engage in unconventional warfare in the information age.
The 77th Brigade, to be based in Hermitage, near Newbury, in Berkshire, will be about 1,500-strong and formed of units drawn from across the army. It will formally come into being in April. The brigade will be responsible for what is described as non-lethal warfare. Both the Israeli and US army already engage heavily in psychological operations. Against a background of 24-hour news, smartphones and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, the force will attempt to control the narrative.
Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media. The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.
A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an "online persona management service" that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world. Hypocrisy of the west over fake news claim. The defence secretary, Michael Fallon, appears ignorant of well-established UK and US military programmes designed to modify public perceptions in conflict zones (Nato must counter Russia’s ‘weaponising’ of lies – Fallon, 3 February).
A prototype system was first reported in detail by Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain in the Guardian nearly six years ago – just as Nato began air attacks on Libya (Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media, 18 March 2011). Don’t think of a rampaging elephant: Linguist George Lakoff explains how the Democrats helped elect Trump. George Lakoff didn’t start off in the world of politics.
He was a founding father of cognitive linguistics, starting with his 1980 book, “Metaphors We Live By“ (co-authored with philosopher Mark Johnson). The book showed how immediate, concrete experience — bodily orientation, physical movement, and so on — structures our understanding of more complex and abstract experiences via “conceptual metaphors” such as “Consciousness Is Up,” “Love Is a Journey,” etc. Facing the rise of Newt Gingrich in the 1990s and bewildered by how he and other liberals could not make logical sense of conservative ideology (what do gun rights, low taxes and banning abortion have in common?) , Lakoff found an answer in conceptual metaphors derived form two contrasting family models explicated by Diana Baumrind as authoritarian (“strict father” in Lakoff’s terms) and authoritative (“nurturant parent”), as described in his 1996 book, “Moral Politics.”
What Gamergate should have taught us about the 'alt-right' It’s understandable that the world didn’t much care about Gamergate.
The 2014 hashtag campaign, ostensibly founded to protest about perceived ethical failures in games journalism, clearly thrived on hate – even though many of those who aligned themselves with the movement either denied there was a problem with harassment, or wrote it off as an unfortunate side effect. Sure, women, minorities and progressive voices within the industry were suddenly living in fear. Sure, those who spoke out in their defence were quickly silenced through exhausting bursts of online abuse. But that wasn’t why people supported it, right? They were disenfranchised, felt ignored, and wanted to see a systematic change. The dark rigidity of fundamentalist rural America: a view from the inside. As the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, working-class, fly-over America.”
Trump supporters are saying this. Progressive pundits are saying this. #Brexit, the populist surge and the crisis of complexity. The British vote in favour of an exit from the EU has thrown the UK’s political system into chaos and shocked Europe and the world. The long-term consequences of this vote are still unclear, but some fear it could trigger the undoing of the UK and accelerate the disintegration of the EU. Many see this outcome as a new victory for populist movements, which are on the rise across much of the Western world. Something more fundamental, however, might be at play.
A tale of two disunions The British citizens’ vote in favour of an exit from the European Union has thrown the United Kingdom into an unprecedented crisis and sent shockwaves across Europe and the world. Farewell, America - BillMoyers.com. The sun sets behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) America died on Nov. 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide. We the people chose a man who has shredded our values, our morals, our compassion, our tolerance, our decency, our sense of common purpose, our very identity — all the things that, however tenuously, made a nation out of a country.
Whatever place we now live in is not the same place it was on Nov. 7. Log In. Photo. The reply A C Grayling got when he wrote to Parliament (and how he reacted) - Articles - The New European. 17:20 23 November 2016 A C Grayling Houses of Parliament (David Dixon under CC BY-SA 2.0) Archant A C Grayling’s powerful 5 point comeback tackles the government’s Brexit plans In September, Professor AC Grayling wrote to the Prime Minister, outlining the weaknesses of her Brexit policy; here is the reply he received from the Government, and his latest letter, further tackling ministers’ arguments.
Dear Professor Grayling, Thank you for your letter of 9 September to the Prime Minister regarding the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. On 23 June, the country voted to leave the European Union and it is the duty of the Government to make sure we do so. Although the Act itself does not include provisions that make the result of the referendum legally binding, the Government made repeated and clear statements that the outcome of the referendum would be acted upon.
For the ‘new yellow journalists,’ opportunity comes in clicks and bucks. AC Grayling on why now is the time for MPs to derail a disastrous Brexit deal - Articles - The New European. Brexit Voters: NOT the Left Behind. I’m a Coastal Elite From the Midwest: The Real Bubble is Rural America. Don't Panic. On “Woke” White People Advertising their Shock that Racism just won a Presidency. Farewell, America - BillMoyers.com.
The Cinemax Theory of Racism. Yesterday I wrote here: