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....

Asymmetry: Google and Facebook’s Key to Weaponizing Knowledge

March 06, 2019

Have Google and Facebook literally turned us into a tribe of “know nothings”? The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. If nothing else, Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, is expanding our socioeconomic lexicon in essential ways. The epithet of the title —...

Can Google Search Data Help Solve Islamophobia?

July 15, 2017

Short of stealing people’s diaries or tapping their phone calls, what else can researchers do to gather the most objective data possible? For decades, social scientists have conducted research using some combination of surveys, census data, focus groups, interviews and observation techniques....

The World This Week: Uber Reflects Dark Side of Silicon Valley

March 05, 2017

The cowboy culture of Silicon Valley makes people hardworking, innovative and passionate, but also obsessive, domineering and ruthless. This week, US President Donald Trump gave an address before a joint session of Congress. He spoke largely in clichés and claimed the US was witnessing “the...