Weekend Roundup: The place There is Connectivity, There is Surveillance
The good paradox of the internet age is that ever-better connectivity also means ever-greater capacity for surveillance — each by governments and the non-public sector digital companies.
In an unique interview with director Oliver Stone about his new movie, “Snowden,” we talk about the intrusion of intelligence businesses into personal data floating around in our on-line world, in addition to what Stone considers the totalitarian creep of “surveillance capitalism” by the likes of Facebook and Google, which monitor and market your online profile.
Stone additionally agrees with the European approach that seeks to break up digital monopolies and encourage competitors, including over the flexibility to ensure privateness.
The European Union’s powerful commissioner for competitors, Margrethe Vestager, defends the fee’s latest ruling that Ireland gave a “selective advantage” over rivals in Europe with a generous tax break she calls “illegal state aid.” The EU ordered Apple to pay back taxes to Ireland of $14.5 billion.
Writing from Hong Kong, Chandran Nair seems to be at tropical cities like Jakarta, Manila or Mumbai where the “heat-island impact” of cities, congested and growing by migration, combines with local weather change to make life much more stifling and miserable for the poor. Since the middle class and wealthy can afford air-conditioning, Nair writes, there is little political will to deal with the difficulty. “These cities are too large and unmanageable to survive in a brand new climate that makes them too hot to stay in,” he concludes. “Only by cooling its drive to urbanize will Southeast Asia cool its sweltering cities.”
Graham Fuller, a former vice-chair of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council, sees Eurasia, bookended by Russia and China with Iran a notable player, becoming among the many world’s most highly effective areas, a clear challenge to America’s dominant affect of current a long time.
Nick Robins-Early experiences on Philippine photographer Raffy Lerma’s intrepid documentation of the casualties of President Rodrigo Duterte’s struggle in opposition to medicine. “In a single month I’ve seen extra killings than in a single 12 months,” Lerma tells The WorldPost. Richard Javad Heydarian assesses the tense relationship between that country’s chief Duterte and Washington.
Because the United Nations Normal Meeting gathers in New York, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd outlines how to fix the U.N. as a substitute of seeing it regularly marginalized because the world sinks into chaos. “We’re seeing the gradual fracturing of the global order through rising tensions in great energy relations, the rise of terrorism and the optimistic and unfavourable impacts of globalization,” he says. “The worldwide group wants a powerful U.N. greater than ever earlier than. But rarely has the U.N. been weaker.” He proposes reaffirming the aim of the U.N. on its 75th anniversary in 2020.
The anti-Brussels and anti-immigrant xenophobic politics in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic — despite generous funding from the European Union — worries Roberto Sommella, who wonders, “if we’re simply arming Europe’s enemy.” Writing from Lviv, Ukriane, Ian Bateson contrasts the welcoming embrace of Crimean Tatar Muslims in that former Soviet republic with the rising Islamophobia in components of Europe and America.
Aras Bacho responds to criticism in German media and on social media that Syrian refugees like himself are taking “holidays” back dwelling. “All we would like,” he writes, “is to try to help our family. We deliver them little trinkets, and show them that we haven’t forgotten them. We had been fortunate enough to flee and discover security — our liked ones were not.” WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones talks to hopeful — however wary — residents within the rebel-held areas of Aleppo who’re capable of breathe a sigh of relief as the latest cease-hearth settlement kicks in. “Now, we are able to go exterior,” one man tells her. For the time being, kids listed below are able to play and snigger once more and merely be youngsters.
In Montreal this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down for a conversation with London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, to debate the challenges of immigration and tolerance in Western societies. Each affirmed that the most effective option to combat xenophobia is to transcend tolerance and actively embrace variety and openness as a key power of dynamic societies. They spoke at the global Progress 2016 conference of which The WorldPost was a participant.
In a new podcast, Cobus van Staden and Eric Olander take a look at another complication that comes with globalization. They discuss the function of Chinese language businesses in corruption in Africa and whether Beijing is instigating corruption in Kenya and elsewhere on the continent. The researcher they interview discovered that whereas huge corporations could also be involved in payoffs to officials, small and medium Chinese language companies run by new immigrants are as usually as not victims of corruption and targets for soliciting bribes as a result of they lack familiarity with the nation and connections.
Finally, our Singularity collection this week examines the concept of “anticipatory design” by which choices are made for you by AI primarily based upon your previous patterns of behavior.
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