Francis Kuriakose (EUR) and Deepa Iyer (Cambridge): Human Rights in the Big Data World. Kimberly Houser (Oklahoma State) and W. Gregory Voss (Toulouse): GDPR: The End of Google and Facebook or a New Paradigm in Data Privacy? Paul-Olivier Dehaye and Michele Loi (Zurich): If Data is the New Oil, When is the Extraction of Value from Data Unjust? William McGeveran (Minnesota): The Duty of Data Security. Why do we care so much about privacy? Big Tech wants to exploit our personal data, and the government wants to keep tabs on us — but “privacy” isn’t what’s really at stake. “Owning your data” will not save you from data capitalism. Google’s Earth: How the tech giant is helping the state spy on us.

Kieron O’Hara (Southampton): Where Shall We Draw the Line? Conservatism, Privacy and Digital Modernity. Jordan M. Blanke (Mercer): Top Ten Reasons to Be Optimistic About Privacy. Welcome to the age of privacy nihilism: The personal-data privacy war is long over, and you lost.

Lindsay F. Wiley (American): Medicaid for All? State-Level Single-Payer Health Care. Trump wants to end the filibuster — he’s right. Both parties see little to lose and big points to make in shutdown fight. This could be a really long government shutdown. Corbyn faces furious Labour backlash over backing Brexit. Samuel Moyn on why law schools are bad for democracy: They whitewash the grubby scramble for power. Glee in Russia over Trump’s foreign policy largess (and more). How connected is your community to everywhere else in America? Here is a map of every building in America. Scott McLemee reviews Authoritarianism: Three Inquiries in Critical Theory by Wendy Brown, Peter E. Gordon and Max Pensky. What was Steve Mnuchin thinking? Annie Lowrey on three possibilities.

Margaret Ryznar (Indiana): #MeToo and Tax. Three reasons that Jim Mattis’s resignation is not just unusual — but startling. Trump can launch nuclear weapons whenever he wants, with or without Mattis. Trump forces Mattis out two months early, names Shanahan acting defense secretary. There never were any “adults in the room”: The only real grown-ups in American politics are in the resistance (and more). What is glitter? A strange journey to the glitter factory. The yellow vests are here to stay. Women’s March roiled by accusations of anti-Semitism. Facebook’s very bad year, explained. Why do we pledge allegiance? An excerpt from Inventing American Tradition by Jack David Eller. Rachel Sugar on the weird hegemony of “birthday cake” flavor.

Siyuan Yu (Skidmore): An Examination of the Attitudes towards Immigration across U.S. Demographic Groups. Joni Hersch (Vanderbilt): Colorism Against Legal Immigrants to the United States. Pramila Jayapal on a new moral imagination on immigration. Responding to an extremely common question about immigration: Doesn’t a country have the right to enforce its laws and decide who comes in? From Cato Unbound, does the constitution give the federal government power over immigration? America didn’t always lock up immigrants: Our current detention policies have very specific historical roots. So how is the immigration debate going?

The prosecution of naturalized United States citizens is a sign of a gathering storm: Is denaturalization the next front in the Trump Administration’s war on immigration? Trump is officially turning back asylum seekers who come to the US through Mexico. Trump is outsourcing the migrant crisis to Mexico. “It’s functioning exactly as intended”: Our border policy is designed to be deadly.

Calvert W. Jones (Maryland) and Celia Paris (Toronto): It’s the End of the World and They Know It: How Dystopian Fiction Shapes Political Attitudes. Daniel Drezner on the limits of the executive branch. Here is why people are terrified of a “no-deal” Brexit. David A. Graham on James Mattis’s final protest against the president (and more). The growth of Sinclair’s conservative media empire: The company has achieved formidable reach by focussing on small markets where its TV stations can have a big influence. Sarah Mesle interviews American Studies Association president Rod Ferguson on what might emerge — politically, subjectively, spiritually — from intellectual engagement with American Studies in the crises of our present time.

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary will not be a repeat of 2016 (and more). Mikhaila Fogel and Benjamin Wittes on Bill Barr’s very strange memo on obstruction of justice. Congress is enraged at Facebook: “These guys are out of control” (and more). Is Facebook a psychopath? If corporations are people, they need to abide by the standards of decent, civilized behavior. The Facebook scandal isn’t really about social media — it’s about capitalism. The U.S. suicide rate is at its highest in a half-century. One year after Trump’s tax cuts, the only obvious winners are investors. “Election night” is an outdated and dangerous relic of the past. Trump and Congress just legalized hemp. So, is Trump’s America great yet?

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response. The new Arab order: Power and violence in today’s Middle East. Iraq’s post-ISIS campaign of revenge: The corruption and cruelty of the state’s response to suspected jihadis and their families seem likely to lead to the resurgence of the terror group. Is major realignment taking place in the Middle East? Why Turkey is pivoting toward Iran and Russia. Syria’s last bastion of freedom: Amid the brutal civil war, a town fought off the regime and the fundamentalists and dared to hold an election — can its experiment in democracy survive? Muhammad Idrees Ahmad on how Assad made truth a casualty of war.

Christopher Rossi (Iowa): Game of Thrones: The Qatar Crisis and Forced Expulsions on the Arabian Peninsula. Beth Van Schaack (Stanford): Transitional Justice Pre-Transition: The International Community’s Efforts in Syria. The case for leaving Syria: With the military and various domestic programs facing budget cuts, the United States shouldn’t be throwing more money at the Middle East. Can a new president and prime minister solve Iraq’s broken politics? The next Arab uprising: Marwan Muasher on the collapse of authoritarianism in the Middle East. “Ideas cannot be killed with weapons”: Why the assassination of Raed Fares, Syria’s most prominent citizen journalist, matters.

Michael P. Scharf (Case Western): Striking a Grotian Moment: How the Syria Airstrikes Changed International Law Relating to Humanitarian Interventions. The Great Game in West Asia examines the strategic competition between Iran and Turkey for power and influence in the South Caucasus. What elections in Iran can teach us about voting in the United States. Are U.S. troops really leaving Syria? No one knows what’s happening with Trump’s Syria decision.

Tom Stern (UCL): Must We Choose between Real Nietzsche and Good Philosophy? A Streitschrift. In tiny Bhutan, known for its pursuit of happiness, democracy brings discontent. Facebook caps off 2018 with yet another massive privacy scandal. Amazon and Facebook reportedly had a secret data-sharing agreement, and it explains so much. The Green New Deal is good for the planet — and the Democratic Party: Democrats can no longer get away with offering milquetoast solutions. Where does the Democratic Left go from here? There is no one to cheer for in the potential battle between Jordan Peterson and Slavoj Zizek. Why were so many journalists murdered in 2018? Nevada becomes first state with majority female legislature.

Inside Venezuela’s YouTube prank economy: Luke Winkie on why some people are paying strangers on Fiverr $5 to slime themselves. Rebecca Traister on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the imagined threat of a woman who governs like a man. Elisabeth Eaves on a highly hackable US biodefense system. Here comes the 2020 election interference — it will be worse. New York already has thousands of Amazon workers — and some are unionizing to demand better conditions. The concept creep of “emotional labor”: The term has become a central part of an important conversation about the division of household work — but the sociologist who coined it says it’s being used incorrectly.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: American power is in decline, the world is “in pieces”. The committee to save the world order: America’s allies must step up as America steps down. Tony Wood on NATO and the myth of the liberal international order. We shouldn’t rush to save the liberal order — we should remake it: The UN security council, the IMF, the World Bank and the ILO were conceived as agencies of change — they can be again. The terms “liberal international order” and “Pax Americana” have become obsolete as descriptions of the global architecture — in today’s world, it is the most connected states that are the most powerful. Richard Haass on how a world order ends — and what comes in its wake.

From Behemoth: A Journal on Civilisation, a special issue on the Desire for Truth and the Political. Michael Flynn sentencing delayed so he can cooperate further with Mueller probe (and more). Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve under court supervision. Crowdsourced Twitter study reveals shocking scale of online abuse against women. How red-state Democrats became an endangered species in the Senate. “Men for others, my ass”: After Kavanaugh, Evgenia Peretz goes inside Georgetown Prep’s culture of omerta. The Niskanen Center is a splendid policy shop, but it is not the future of the Republican Party. Kirsten Gillibrand and the Al Franken fury: The New York senator has lost a lot of friends — she’s doing just fine without them.

How we view our reality shapes our politics — but facts still matter. The Supreme confidence of Nancy Pelosi — and why it matters now more than ever. Jacob Heilbrunn on the Weekly Standard: A record of failed regime change. Why you should care about the Nate Silver vs. Nassim Taleb Twitter war: How can two data experts disagree so much? Garrett Graf on a complete guide to all 17 (known) Trump and Russia investigations. New Google campus accelerates tech’s march into New York. Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to. Robert Skidelsky on the continuing agony of Brexit. The secret to winning in 2020: It’s the populism, stupid.

Economic hardship and nationalism are gutting climate action. You, too, are in denial of climate change: Americans believe in climate change, but not climate action. Philosophers have been talking about skepticism for a long time — some of those insights can shed light on our public discourse regarding climate change. Climate gut check: Beneath the jargon, a new UN report serves up a revolutionary response to climate change. Is a Green New Deal possible without a revolution? Joshua Alvarez on the case for a Green New Deal. Have the Democrats hit a tipping point on climate change? As activists storm Capitol Hill, the issue is rising in importance within the party. The nihilism of moderation: When the survival of the planet is at stake, calls for moderation and compromise aren’t a mark of adult politics — they’re a threat to civilization.

Maura Priest (Arizona State): Patriotism: Commitment, not Pride. Alex Ward on 4 main takeaways from new reports on Russia’s 2016 election interference (and more and more and more). The detention of Huawei’s CFO is legally justified — why doesn’t the U.S. say so? (and more) More powerful than a Russian troll army: The National Enquirer. In Roma, Texas, residents must choose: Help Border Patrol, or border crossers? Don’t blame Jakelin Caal’s death on her father — US policies did this. Google’s secret China project “effectively ended” after fight. Obamacare was just ruled unconstitutional in Texas, but the case does Republicans no favors. Hungary’s prime minister stole the country’s democracy — how Hungarians are rising up.

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, Emma Pettit on how Kevin Kruse became history’s attack dog. Why Vladimir Putin is a terrible strategist. Hundreds of journalists jailed globally becomes the new normal. When did British politics become such a farce? The case for holding a second Brexit referendum (and more). Robert Mueller’s legal masterpiece: The special counsel has spun a web of investigations that draw closer to Trump every day (and more). Facebook does not care about facts — and their fact-checker rebellion proves it. The rise, lean, and fall of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. The death of The Weekly Standard brings jeers and tears. Rachael Dottle and Galen Druke on how America’s electoral map is changing.