Tag: internet

Chatter #198 – Tim Weninger On Reddit, GameStop, And The Internet Hive Mind

Throughout the entire GameStop saga, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the idea of a hive mind. I’ve dedicated an entire chapter in my forthcoming book to this idea and I wanted to get Tim’s perspective. I first came across his work on hive minds when I saw his Ted Talk,…

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Chatter Episode 24 – Red Pepper Magazine and Socialism’s Resurgence Within The Labour Party

Ruairidh Paton and Eleanor Penny from Red Pepper Magazine were our guests on this show. The Labour Party has undergone a fairly rapid transformation over the past two years, with the left of the party taking back a lot of control. We chatted about the journey from Ed Miliband to Jeremy Corbyn, what it…

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How Tech Giants Are Tackling Bots and Misinformation

The idea that social media bots and misinformation could influence our political conversation isn’t a new concept. The phrase “election hacking” has been thrown around and misused by numerous news outlets and pundits to describe the use of bots and junk news on social media and their potential effects upon elections in the US,…

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Chatter Episode 17 – Sam Ancliff On The Conservative Party Conference 2017

Sam Ancliff of Activate was the guest on today’s podcast. We wanted to get Sam back on to discuss the Conservative Party Conference, the fringe events going on as well as the headline speeches, the tuitions fees freeze, the moral argument for free markets, Amber Rudd, Boris Johnson, and Theresa May’s closing speech….

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Internet Censorship Is Not The Way To Combat Terrorism

During the lead-up to the 2017 General Election, the Conservatives mentioned proposals to heavily censor the internet in order to curb terrorism. They had already been vocal about their desires to prevent encryption on services like WhatsApp in an attempt to stop terrorists sending untraceable messages and in the wake of the Manchester…

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What Is Net Neutrality And Why Is It Important?

Net neutrality is a concept that has been central to the growth of the internet. It guarantees that all traffic will be treated equally, regardless of where it is coming from and the fact that all traffic has (in most countries across the world) been treated equally is one of the greatest strengths…

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