From The New Yorker, Lizzie Widdicombe on the programmer’s price: The world is being rebuilt in code — now there’s an agency to help top programmers get superstar salaries. Tech is a man’s world: Tech companies may pride themselves on being meritocracies, but unconscious biases shape the way they hire and promote. From Newsweek, Nina Burleigh on what Silicon Valley thinks of women: The sexism in Silicon Valley is sordid, shocking and systemic; it’s going to take a revolution to bring it down — or a woman’s touch (and Alexia Tsotsis on what (some) Silicon Valley women think of Newsweek). No, Nate, brogrammers may not be macho, but that’s not all there is to it: Zeynep Tufekci on how French High Theory and Dr. Seuss can help explain Silicon Valley’s gender blindspots. Jodi Kantor on a brand new world in which men ruled: Instead of narrowing gender gaps, the technology industry created vast new ones for Stanford University’s pioneering class of 1994. Her task is to wean the White House off floppy disks: Megan J. Smith, an M.I.T.-trained mechanical engineer and former Google executive, is trying to bring her Silicon Valley sensibility to the Obama administration. Nicholas Carlson on what happened when Marissa Mayer tried to be Steve Jobs. Allison McCann on the Queen of Code: You probably don’t know the name Grace Hopper, but you should. Quinn Norton on women and the Internet (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4).

From Fletcher Security Review, Alexander Tabarrok (George Mason) and Alex Nowrasteh (Cato): Privateers! Their History and Future. Eyal Zamir (HUJ): Cognitive Psychology, Commonsense Morality, and the Law. Elyse Platt (Queen’s): What Makes the Good Life Good? A Comparison Between Ancient and Contemporary Conceptions of Pleasure and Eudaimonia. Mahrad Almotahari (UIC) and Adam Hosein (Colorado): Is Anything Just Plain Good? Jonathan Chait on why Benjamin Netanyahu lost his mind. G-Men as literary critics: Gayle Rogers reviews F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature by William J. Maxwell. Leon Neyfakh on how requiring too much training hurts workers and consumers alike: It’s great to be a highly qualified professional — but critics say excessive licensing demands have a cost for everyone else. Catalogs, after years of decline, are revamped for changing times. We, of all creatures, should appreciate the perversity, as well as the clockwork precision, of biology: Barbara Ehrenreich on dystopian biology. Kevin Drum on what’s at the heart of the crisis in Greece. How will 2016 campaign press handle GOP climate deniers? The conspiracy theorists are right: Research shows nations really do go to war over oil. Ariel Bogle on how technology is changing the family tree. Chris Ayres on the truth about Dan Bilzerian: Five seconds of looped video were all it took to make Dan Bilzerian an icon.

Cheryl E. Matias, Kara Mitchell Viesca, Dorothy F. Garrison-Wade, Madhavi Tandon, and Rene Galindo (Colorado): “What is Critical Whiteness Doing in OUR Nice Field like Critical Race Theory?” Applying CRT and CWS to Understand the White Imaginations of White Teacher Candidates. Gardner Seawright (Utah): Settler Traditions of Place: Making Explicit the Epistemological Legacy of White Supremacy and Settler Colonialism for Place-Based Education. Osamudia James (Miami): White Like Me: The Negative Impact of the Diversity Rationale on White Identity Formation. Colin Salter (Wollongong): Essentialising Whiteness and Intersectionality: Some Reflections on Nocella's “Intervention” and Critical Animal Studies. The introduction to Unsettling Whiteness by Lucy Michael and Samantha Schulz. Joshua F.J. Inwood (Tennessee): Neoliberal Racism: The “Southern Strategy” and the Expanding Geographies of White Supremacy. Eighteen students at Arizona State University are enrolled in a new, controversial English class about “the problem of Whiteness”. Scholars to Fox News: Writing about white people doesn't make you racist. Brittney Cooper on the Right’s big racism lie: How Tucker Carlson and co. distort “white privilege”. Chenjerai Kumanyika on the whiteness of “public radio voice”. Whitewash: Jeet Heer on the New Republic's legacy on race. Matthew Yglesias on how all politics is identity politics.

Yihan Xiong (SIRPA): The Broken Ladder: Why Education Provides No Upward Mobility for Migrant Children in China. The myth of Chinese super schools: Diane Ravitch reviews Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World by Yong Zhao. Chenyang Li (NTU): The Confucian Concept of Freedom. Nick Holdstock on how super-fast bus systems are “the best hope” for fixing China’s urban gridlock. Bill Gates on a stunning statistic about China and concrete. Rebecca Leber on what Beijing abandoning coal means for the rest of the world. Cracks in the atheist edifice: The rapid spread of Christianity is forcing an official rethink on religion. China, irritated with Christianity, is creating its own version. Coming to Chinese headlines in 2015: From a click-bait Communist Party to a Chinese Marshall Plan, here are six major stories that flew under the radar in 2014, but won't next year. Brook Larmer goes inside a Chinese test-prep factory: Thousands of students travel to Maotanchang to spend 16 hours a day, seven days a week, studying for the biggest test of their lives. Joshua Keating on Uncle Xi's power grab: How the Chinese president is cultivating his image while consolidating his power. Can China rise peacefully? If China continues growing rapidly, the US will once again face a potential peer competitor, and great-power politics will return in full force, says John J. Mearsheimer.

Camelia Crisan, Alexandra Zbuchea, and Steliana Moraru (SNSPA): Big Data: The Beauty or the Beast. David E. Bloom and Dara Lee Luca (Harvard): The Global Demography of Aging: Facts, Explanations, Future. Kit Johnson (Oklahoma): Buying the American Dream: Using Immigration Law to Bolster the Housing Market. The American Dream is an illusion: Gregory Clark on immigration and inequality. How are politics and aesthetics linked in postmodern theory? Jake Pembroke explores Frederic Jameson and Zygmunt Bauman’s aesthetico-political positions. Syriza, Podemos, the SNP: The neoliberal consensus is collapsing — this could be the end of the politics of fear. Did Obama’s drone war help cause Yemen’s collapse? Jacob Silverman on paying tribute to yet another petro-tyrant: It’s been a rough week in Middle East policy for the Obama administration, though they don’t seem to realize it. Confessions of a fixer: Brad Wolverton on how one former coach perpetuated a cheating scheme that benefited hundreds of college athletes. The divorce surge is over, but the myth lives on. Pope Francis is turning into a headache for Catholic presidential hopefuls: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Rick Santorum must walk a fine line when dealing with the leader of their church. The media world reacts to Andrew Sullivan's departure from blogging. “Who should I root for in the Super Bowl?”: Here are 9 questions about the Super Bowl you were too embarrassed to ask.

From NYRB, Sarah Birke on how ISIS rules. Is IS a threat to the structure of international law? The theological and ideological basis for IS’s struggle visualizes this as a fight against the spiritual power centre of European public international law — Rome. What should we do about ISIS? We may have to use force in the Middle East, but we should not relinquish our values. Gerald Waltman (Mississippi): Prosecuting ISIS. How Malala can help defeat the Islamic State: Empowering Muslim women is the key to degrading and ultimately destroying medieval and reactionary fanaticism. Simon Critchley on the case for paying ransoms. Boko Haram is acting increasingly like the Islamic State — why don’t we treat it that way? The ISIS babies are freaking adorable. David Skillicorn (Queen's): Empirical Assessment of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Taliban Propaganda. Gyorgy Fogarasi (Szeged): Offstage Fright: Terrorism and Theatricality. Samuel William Bettwy (Thomas Jefferson): Evolving Cinematic Perspectives of Terrorism. Jacob Pembroke (Birmingham): Constructing American Identity and the Terrorist “Other”: Representations of Foreign Policy and Identity in post-2007 Hollywood Cinema. Colin R. G. Murray (Newcastle): The Problems with Proscription: Tackling Terrorist Organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom. Robert Zaretsky on 19th century Paris, terrorism's training ground. Beenish Ahmed on Charlie Hebdo and the alarming evolution of terrorism.

Murat Onsoy (Hacettepe): Unveiling the Unknown Face: The Role of the United Nations in Promoting Democracy. Sankaralingam Pandiaraj (AALCO): Strengthening the Role of United Nations in Global Economic Governance: Some Reflections in the Wake of the Recent Global Economic Crisis. Kara S. Alaimo (Hofstra): How the United Nations Should Promote the Post - 2015 Development Agenda. Christopher McCrudden (QUB): Human Rights, Southern Voices, and “Traditional Values” at the United Nations. Alexander Bligh (Ariel): The United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF), 1956–67: Past Experience, Current Lessons. John Karlsrud (NUPI): The UN at War: Examining the Consequences of Peace-enforcement Mandates for the UN Peacekeeping Operations in the CAR, the DRC and Mali. In Congo, peacekeepers at war: What happens when a bold new idea turns the UN into just another army? Lisa Hultman (Uppsala), Jacob Kathman (SUNY-Buffalo), and Megan Shannon (Colorado): Beyond Keeping Peace: United Nations Effectiveness in the Midst of Fighting. Paul Novosad (Dartmouth) and Eric Werker (Harvard): Who Runs the International System? Power and the Staffing of the United Nations Secretariat. Jarvis J. Lagman on a case for democratizing the United Nations. Do we really want a reformed United Nations? Marko Kovacevic interviews Richard Gowan, Research Director at the Center on International Cooperation at NYU. Martin Edwards and Brandon Kotlow on five challenges for the UN in 2015.

Sofia Apostolidou (Amsterdam): The F Word: From Failed Homo Economicus to Fat Posthumanist. Simon Bronner (Penn State): “The Shooter Has Asperger’s”: Autism, Belief, and “Wild Child” Narratives. From Science, Religion, and Culture, a special issue on Islam, culture, and the Charlie Hebdo affair. Timothy Garton Ash on defying the assassin’s veto. We need “whataboutism” now more than ever: From Charlie Hebdo to King Abdullah's passing, there’s nothing wrong with complicating the mainstream narrative. Not a very p.c. thing to say: Jonathan Chait on how the language police are perverting liberalism. The introduction to Immigration Detention: The Migration of a Policy and Its Human Impact by Stephanie J. Silverman and Amy Nethery. The Sound of Silence: Tom Slee on what Uber and Airbnb’s missing data tells us. MagCulture on The New Yorker as TV. Virtual reality fails its way to success: For decades, V.R. was a complete flop. — but now with the nausea-free Oculus Rift, it may be a total win. The Last Medium: Virtual reality is here — Carina Chocano goes inside the worlds dreamed up by Hollywood’s most radical storytellers. Sahil Kapur on how the Obama Administration is using Scalia's 2012 Obamacare dissent against him. Bagpipes at the front: Morag Josephine Grant on pipers and piping during combat in the Great War. In 1988, The Economist ranked America as the best place to be born; in 2013, things had changed. Corinne Manning on how the creation of The James Franco Review has proved a point about visibility.

Andrew McStay (Bangor): Privacy and Philosophy: New Media And Affective Protocol. Neil M. Richards and Joanna F. Cornwell (WUSTL): Privacy and Intellectual Freedom. Robert Lee Bolton (Pierpont): The Right to Be Forgotten: Forced Amnesia in a Technological Age. Joel R. Reidenberg (Fordham): Privacy in Public. Neil M. Richards and Jonathan H. King (WUSTL): Big Data and the Future for Privacy. Gordon Hull (UNC): Successful Failure: What Foucault Can Teach Us About Privacy Self-Management in a World of Facebook and Big Data. Martin Hirst on how “big data” is creating a surveillance economy. William H. Simon on rethinking privacy: The paranoid political style has been associated with the right — Foucault brought it to liberals. Lisa M. Austin (Toronto): Enough About Me: Why Privacy is About Power, Not Consent (or Harm). Claire Cain Miller on how Americans say they want privacy, but act as if they don’t. Facebook generation rekindles expectation of privacy online. Radical Librarianship: Alison Macrina and April Glaser on how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy. If the Supreme Court tackles the NSA in 2015, it’ll be one of these five cases: Cyrus Farivar on how a church, terror suspects, and some lawyers are pushing privacy on the legal front. Privacy policies rarely mention the weakest point in any company’s security infrastructure: its employees. Cory Doctorow on how privacy technology everyone can use would make us all more secure.

From Vox Matthew Yglesias on 9 facts about the Eurozone crisis. Europe’s slide toward deflation amounts to a “betrayal” of Southern Europe — this sounds over the top, but it is the simple truth. Clark Boyd on why Greek voters bucked Europe, backed an anti-austerity party. After Syriza’s victory, confrontation or capitulation. Pro tip for the Eurozone: Give Greece's Syriza what it wants. Peter Hain on how we should all say “no” to neoliberalism, not just Greece (and more). Margot E. Salomon (LSE): Of Austerity, Human Rights and International Institutions. Anastasia Poulou (Heidelberg): Austerity and European Social Rights: How Can Courts Protect Europe’s Lost Generation? Ioannis Glinavos (Westminster): Law's Empire of Austerity: De-Politicisation of Economic Decision Making in the Twilight of European Democracy. E. Dimitris Kitis (Witwatersrand): How Neoliberalism Led to the Rise of the New Far-Right in Europe. Hauke Brunkhorst (Flensburg): Collective Bonapartism: Democracy in the European Crisis. From New Left Review, Susan Watkins on the political state of the Union. Zhenis Kembayev (KIMEP): Evolution of the Idea of a United Europe: Some Legal Conclusions. Ralph R. A. Janik (Vienna): The Janus Face of Nationalism in the European Union. Neil Walker (Edinburgh): Beyond Secession? Law in the Framing of the National Polity. From the Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations, a special issue on debating Euroscepticism. Life after Europe: Darian Meacham and Francesco Tava on the Post-Europe Project. The Jacques Delors Institute publishes “United in Diversity: Anthems and Flags of the European Union”.