Bart Custers (Leiden) et al.: Lists of Ethical, Legal, Societal and Economic Issues of Big Data Technologies. Michal Saliternik (Netanya): Big Data and the Right to Political Participation. Boudewijn de Bruin (Groningen) and Luciano Floridi (Oxford): The Ethics of Cloud Computing. Sonia Katyal (UC-Berkeley): Technoheritage. Ben Thompson on tech’s two philosophies. It’s not the technology: The winners and losers of technological advancement are determined by very deliberate policy choices — namely patents and copyright law — not the technology itself. Andrew Feenberg on his book Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason.

Airbnb and the unintended consequences of “disruption”: Tech analysts are prone to predicting utopia or dystopia — they’re worse at imagining the side effects of a firm’s success. Tech billionaires are building their utopias without asking us. Tech has no moral code — it is everyone’s job now to fight for one. Is cyclical time the cure to technology’s ills? Anil Dash on 12 things everyone should understand about tech.

John Thornhill reviews The Digital Ape: How to Live (in Peace) with Smart Machines by Nigel Shadbolt and Roger Hampson, Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier, and The People vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (And How We Save It) by Jamie Bartlett.


George Steinmetz (Michigan): How and Why Do We Write the History of the Social Sciences. Mario Coccia (CNR): Methods of Inquiry in Social Sciences: An Introduction. Michael T. Stuart (LSE): The Role of Imagination in Social Scientific Discovery: Why Machine Discoverers Will Need Imagination Algorithms. Charles Lowe (Osnabruck): The Significance of Self-Fulfilling Science. Stefano Cavazza (Bologna): Suspicious Brothers: Reflections on Political History and Social Sciences. Stefaan Blancke (Ghent) and Gilles Denis (Lille): Bringing Darwin into the Social Sciences and the Humanities: Cultural Evolution and its Philosophical Implications.

You can download Key Concepts in Humanities and and Social Sciences by Sarah Midford, Sara James and Garrie Hutchinson. You can download Monisms and Pluralisms in the History of Political and Social Models, ed. Andrea Catanzaro Federica Falchi Sara Lagi.


John Robinson and William C. Wood (James Madison): From Weakling to Superhero: The Economics of Captain America. What just happened to Spain’s prime minister, and what’s the fallout? Why rich kids are so good at the marshmallow test. In Macedonia, thousands protest country’s name change. Conspiracy theories are eating this alt Right-friendly site from the inside. Why Melania Trump’s vanishing act matters.Trump’s ambassador to Germany is sabotaging the Atlantic alliance. Some said they’d flee Trump’s America — these people actually did. Curtis Ryan on why Jordanians are protesting. Phantom islands — mapped but nonexistent land masses — can persist for centuries, but their removal from the record conjures a sense of loss for something that was never there.


Supreme Court holds that religious conservatives are special snowflakes who need a safe space. Both sides are claiming victory in the big gay cake case. Why you shouldn’t freak out about the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling. Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling actually suggests a good decision on gay rights in the near future. The Masterpiece Cakeshop decision is not as harmless as you think. It’s not about the cake — it’s about religious hostility. Why Trump should worry about the Supreme Court’s cakeshop ruling. Eric Posner and Glen Weyl on a radical proposal for resolving cases like Masterpiece Cakeshop — outside the courts.


Secret memo to Mueller actually reveals weakness of Trump’s position. Trump can’t be indicted — can he be subpoenaed? “The president as acting like a mob boss”: As Trump plays with his pardon power, the signal to allies and adversaries is clear. A president can’t obstruct justice? That’s not quite right, legal scholars say. Here’s what legal scholars say about Trump’s self-proclaimed “right” to pardon himself. Martin Longman on how the self-pardon isn’t the issue. Trump’s lawyers say he’s above the law — they clearly don’t understand it (and more). Donald Trump sounds just like the monarch the constitution was written to thwart. President Trump thinks he is a king. Presidents aren’t kings — someone should tell Trump’s legal team. Trump’s terrible legal team has really messed up now.

Trump has radically escalated his attacks on Mueller. Will Bunch on the week Trump went full dictator and no one tried to stop him. “As long as the president keeps sending over conservative judges for confirmation, the Constitution allows him to do anything he wants”.

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