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US. What if opinion polls had been banned during this election? When the prime minister, Theresa May, called a general election back in mid-April it was widely assumed she would easily win a large majority.

What if opinion polls had been banned during this election?

The Conservative leader was far more popular than her Labour rival Jeremy Corbyn, and had a clear path back into No 10. We know this because the voters themselves told us – through opinion polls. Six weeks later, the narrative is rather different. The Echelon spy network. What is Echelon?

The Echelon spy network

Two Swedish economists foresaw the backlash against globalisation – here’s how to mitigate it. The first article in our series Globalisation Under Pressure looks at work from the 1930s that anticipated the backlash against globalisation.

Two Swedish economists foresaw the backlash against globalisation – here’s how to mitigate it

Economists Eli Heckscher (1879-1952) and Bertil Ohlin (1899-1979) died more than three decades ago. But it’s fair to assume that neither would have been surprised by the underlying causes of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, or Brexit for that matter. Their Heckscher-Ohlin (H-O) model of international trade – developed at the Stockholm School of Economics in the 1930s – clearly predicted today’s middle-class discontent bellowing at the ballot box. The two Swedes recognised the simple but too-often-overlooked soft underbelly of global trade and growth: prosperity doesn’t distribute evenly. And workers in bustling export industries benefit at the expense of those who face foreign competition. Inherent inequality The argument is relatively easy to understand. With trade, low-tech goods become relatively cheaper in the US.

Laura Galante: How to exploit democracy. Propaganda - Wikipedia. Propaganda is "information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view".[1] Propaganda is often associated with the psychological mechanisms of influencing and altering the attitude of a population toward a specific cause, position or political agenda in an effort to form a consensus to a standard set of belief patterns.[2] In the 2010s, the term propaganda is associated with a manipulative approach, but propaganda historically was a neutral descriptive term.[2][3] A wide range of materials and media are used for conveying propaganda messages, which changed as new technologies were invented, including paintings, cartoons, posters, pamphlets, films, radio shows, TV shows, and websites.

Propaganda - Wikipedia

Etymology[edit] From the 1790s, the term began being used also to refer to propaganda in secular activities.[3] The term began taking a pejorative or negative connotation in the mid-19th century, when it was used in the political sphere.[3] History[edit] DemocracyOS - Change the Tool. Create your own country. How Teens In The Balkans Are Duping Trump Supporters With Fake News - BuzzFeed News. Why Electronic Voting is a BAD Idea - Computerphile. List of forms of government. Ever wondered what all those ...ocracies and ...archies were?

List of forms of government

Seek no further than RationalWiki's list of forms of government. Anarchism A form of government (or lack thereof) with no ruling hierarchy, instead decisions are made at a directly democratic level: laws are created by citizens alone, although they may be enforced by institutions that are not publicly controlled. Top Ten Reasons Why Kids Under the Age of 18 Should Be Allowed to Vote In Government Elections - TheTopTens® BlueTopazIceVanilla This is my second list I thought up for a while, and it's kind of a sister to my other list: Top Ten Reasons Why Kids Should Get Paid to Go to School.

Top Ten Reasons Why Kids Under the Age of 18 Should Be Allowed to Vote In Government Elections - TheTopTens®

IMPORTANT NOTE: I am NOT saying that kids on TheTopTens can't vote, and that they should be able to. I'm saying that kids SHOULD BE ABLE TO VOTE ON OFFICIAL ELECTIONS (state, city, country elections e.t.c.) I hope that clears any predicted confusion, and enjoy the list! The Top TenXW 1VoteEKids are smart and responsible enough to vote. The rise of political bots on social media. Almost every Twitter user will have come across bots.

The rise of political bots on social media

Your new follower whose profile picture is the generic egg, and who posts exactly once a day vague words of wisdom in 140 characters, is most probably such an automated account. Very common are spam bots for commercial purposes. International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The Global Anti-Corruption Coalition. Global Parliament of Mayors. United Nations. UNHCR:Facts and Figures on Refugees. Number of forcibly displaced worldwide: 59.5 million Number of Refugees There were 19.5 million refugees worldwide at the end of 2014, 14.4 million under the mandate of UNHCR, around 2.9 million more than in 2013.

UNHCR:Facts and Figures on Refugees

The other 5.1 million Palestinian refugees are registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). During the year, conflict and persecution forced an average of 42,500 persons per day to leave their homes and seek protection elsewhere, either within the borders of their countries or in other countries. Developing countries host over 86% of the world’s refugees, compared to 70% ten years ago. In 2014, the country hosting the largest number of refugees was Turkey, with 1.59 million refugees. Last year, 51% of refugees were under 18 years old.

An estimated 13.9 million people were newly displaced due to conflict or persecution, including 2.9 million new refugees. European Parliament. Exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU. FreedomInfo. Bilderberg Meetings.

Change.org · The world’s platform for change. Project on Algorithms, Computational Propaganda, and Digital Politics.