Facebook Escapes Hanging

June 30, 2021

The world has changed radically over the past 200 years. At the same time, some of the most critical institutions in the most powerful nations either haven’t noticed the change or are so committed to an archaic worldview that they can no longer adapt to conditions they refuse to understand. They...

How the Tech Giants Work for the Security State

June 14, 2021

The United States proudly believes in its uniqueness as the one nation in this corrupt world that remains dedicated to the freedom of its citizens. That belief is part of the nation’s founding myth. Americans see their nation as representing an ideal, a model for all other nations to emulate....

Should Big Tech Companies Be Free to Conquer the World?

April 05, 2019

Monopolist capitalism in the era of digital control reassures some and frightens others. Can it be controlled? After reformers, including Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, called for laws to break up the monopolies of big tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, the...

The Dark Side of Tech

January 29, 2019

Is our civilization putting its citizens on a track from which deviation will be impossible?  Those who forecast the future tread a fine line between the serious analysis of trends and their own speculative opinion. David Samuels, the author of what Wired classifies as an opinion piece,...

Break Up Big Tech, Say Steve Bannon and Robert Reich

November 28, 2018

Like canaries in a mine, two iconic figures of the right and the left sing in unison about the dangers of big tech and the importance of breaking them up. Something strange is happening. Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist of President Donald Trump, and Robert Reich, the Berkeley professor...