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Social control 4.0

China's digital social credit system operates with a form of gamified control, which rewards users as they score points for behavior inside and outside the network. Within 2020, Chinese authorities are planning to establish a nationwide system. Western commentators react with disgust, but is our own social media really that much better?

Life without thinking

BIG TECH: Author Franklin Foer gives a historical overview of Big Tech's impact on society and asks how we can fight its pervasive power.

Matt Destruction Weapons

In her disturbing account of upcoming data modeling, computer scientist Cathy O'Neil shows how the numbers themselves widen the gap between those who have and those who don't.

24/7 surveillance

Big data is the new gold. Everything from coffee machines to lego blocks can be equipped with sensors for data collection.