Kiel Robert Brennan-Marquez (NYU): Private Searches in the Age of Big Data. Titus Stahl (Groningen): Indiscriminate Mass Surveillance and the Public Sphere. Even bugs will be bugged: Exploring the next frontiers in surveillance. The feds can read your email, and you’d never know. A famed hacker is grading thousands of programs — and may revolutionize software in the process. Forget software — now hackers are exploiting physics. Bruce Schneier on why we need to save the Internet from the Internet of Things. Cybersecurity is broken and the hacks are going to just keep coming: “No one in the industry is incentivized to actually fix it”. Computer scientists close in on perfect, hack-proof code. A scheme to encrypt the entire web is actually working. Meet Moxie Marlinspike, the anarchist bringing encryption to all of us.

Zeynep Tufekci (UNC): As the Pirates Become CEOs: The Closing of the Open Internet. Facebook’s sneaky plan to rule over America’s Internet is scary as hell. Tim Berners-Lee is no friend of Facebook: It’s hypocritical of Mark Zuckerberg to sing the praises of the web’s founder when he’s trying to monopolise the Internet. A grand bargain to make tech companies trustworthy: Doctors and lawyers are prohibited from using clients’ information for their own interests, so why aren’t Google and Facebook? The Internet’s own instigator: Carl Malamud’s epic crusade to make public information public has landed him in court. Silicon Valley cozies up to Washington, outspending Wall Street 2-1.


Sebastian Musch (HfJS): The Atomic Priesthood and Nuclear Waste Management: Religion, Sci-fi Literature and the End of Our Civilization. The true scale of nuclear bombs is totally frightening. Ria Misra on where we will grow food after we scorch the Earth. EU commissioner warns of ISIS influx as Iraq steps up Mosul offensive. Being overweight is stigmatized in most countries around the world, but does obsessive talk about excess fat lead to weight reduction — or to cruel, useless shaming? From Jacobin, David Madden and Peter Marcuse on the permanent crisis of housing: Under capitalism, housing is never secure for the working class. Why no one knows about the largest prison strike in U.S. history. Robert L. Bettinger on his book Orderly Anarchy: Sociopolitical Evolution in Aboriginal California.

Women know why Donald Trump’s accusers stayed silent for so long. Donald Trump is running some really insecure email servers. WikiLeaks has revealed documents from Hillary Clinton’s campaign; one discovery so far? Not every email is newsworthy. Right-wing media is already Trumpified — that’s bad news for Trump TV and for the Republican establishment, too. John McCain announced the dawn of a new winner-take-all era in Washington. Chuck Grassley: Senate “can’t just simply stonewall” a Clinton SCOTUS nominee. Curt Schilling planning Senate run against Elizabeth Warren.


From Vox, German Lopez on why Trump’s claims about voter fraud are based on a lie. Since Iowa, Donald Trump has cried “rigged” when he’s losing. The GOP created the “rigged vote” myth — now the party is trying to hide from it. If the election is really rigged, 33 states are rigged by Republicans. This election is being rigged — but not by Democrats: The GOP’s voter-suppression efforts are the real voter fraud. How voting rights are being rigged: David Cole reviews Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman; and The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy by Zachary Roth. The media can’t “rig” an election, but it has the power to expose Trump’s lies. Here’s the completely legal way to “rig” an election. Obama’s post-presidency plan: Challenge the GOP’s state-level advantage.

Citizen Pain: After he loses the election, Donald Trump will enter a world of hurt. What happens if Donald Trump is defeated? Democracy depends on the consent of the losers. Donald Trump gives up on reality: “I don’t believe the polls anymore”. When the facts don’t matter, how can democracy survive? This is how a democracy crumbles — not with a bang, but with data trutherism. Tree made famous by George Washington is dead in what is hopefully not a metaphor for American democracy.

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