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The cynical creation of the Internet

Yasha Levine: Surveillance Valley. The Secret Military History of the Internet

SURVEILLANCE: State surveillance would not have been possible without the services of Silicon Valley's technology companies. For example, Google in Surveillance Valley is described as "a full-fledged military contractor, who sold versions of the company's consumer data and analytics technology to police departments, city councils, and major U.S. intelligence and military organizations."

As the next phase of world history

Mark Alizart: Cryptocommunism

BITCOIN: In a book that is both wild, elegant and utopian, the accelerator Mark Alizart sees bitcoin as the very king's road to a classless society and a better future.

The question of technique

Mercedes Bunz and GrahamMeikle: The Internet of Things

IOT: Things have started to behave. But the fact that things around us are getting smarter does not necessarily mean that we ourselves are getting smarter, quite the contrary.

The despair is stronger than hoped

OPTIMISM: By taking positive ideas more seriously, we can give them the same attention that toxic ideologies get today.

The coming technological decade

: Will increased control or surveillance in this decade gradually be left more to algorithms that carry out actions based on so-called "actionable intelligence"?

The age of the platforms

Geert Lovink: Sad by Design: On Platform Nihilism

MEDIA: Author Geert Lovink analyzes contemporary use of social media and looks towards a possible end to «platform nihilism».

On the way into the 2020's

NEWSPAPER EDITOR: The conversation with Thomas Hylland Eriksen.

Who controls the web

DATA LEGISLATION: World autocracies introduce new internet laws to prevent the emergence of "rebel" groups, such as democracy movements and human rights organizations.

Can Digital ID Provide Inclusive Growth?

ID: Around one billion people lack legal proof of identity. Can digital ID help even out the differences in the world?

Internet must be removed!

Schlecky Silberstein: The internet has to go away

: One of Germany's most famous bloggers, Schlecky Silberstein, states that attention is the most important currency in the 21st century and that the internet creates anxiety.

Social control 4.0

: China's digital social credit system operates with a form of gamified control, which rewards users while scoring points for online and offline behavior. By 2020, the Chinese authorities plan to establish a nationwide system. Western commentators react with disgust, but is our own social media really that much better?

The sweat of the work

Jonathan Taplin: Move Fast and Break Things

: The book Move Fast and Break Things directs sharp criticism at Google, Facebook and Amazon, but is at the same time partly romantic and unvarnished.