Opinion

Facebook, Uber and the end of the Great American Tech Delusion

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Tech Bubble Part II has arrived in America but China will probably navigate around it thanks to a culture of innovation By SPENGLER Asia Times We’ve been there before, in the crash of the dot-com bubble of 2000, when we believed that downloading pop music and porn would drive the economy of the future. We’ve done it again: We made another tech bubble on the premise that Americans would write the apps and Asians would make the hardware, and the miracle ... Read More »

Empty threats won’t worry Russia. Britain needs a better approach

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The threat posed by the Kremlin can be reduced if Britain refuses to handle its dirty money and takes on a PR offensive Mark Rice-Oxley The Guardian Oh, Russia! Even before we point fingers over poison and speculate about secret agents and spy swaps and pub food in Salisbury, one thing has become clear: Russia appears lost, a global menace, a moral vacuum, a far greater threat than it ever was during the cold war. Its agents pop over for murder and shopping, ... Read More »

We are trading away our lives for the shallow rewards of capitalism – and it’s harming our chil

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The man’s voice rang out, loud and angry, breaking the quiet of the suburban street. “Get in the car you little shit!” Steve Biddulph The Age I went to the window to see a three-year-old child still not complying, a young baby already strapped in and an older child watching, open-mouthed. You could feel a whole rush of emotions, sympathy for the father’s plight – for who has not wrangled with kids and cars in their time – and dismay ... Read More »

Cyber threats: 2018 and beyond

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Hackers using technology with behavioural insights pose a greater threat than ever to cyber security. What do consumer credit reporting agency Equifax and ride-hailing company Uber have in common? Foo Siang-tse and Shashi Jayakumar The Straits Times One would imagine that as large enterprises, they would check the boxes for good cyber-security practices: a healthy security budget, deployment of leading-edge cyber security technologies, and round-the-clock monitoring by well-trained cyber professionals. Yet they were revealed last year to have been successfully ... Read More »

Economic and geopolitical risks ahead for 2018

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Last year was a year of disruption and distraction – yet another year of squandered policy opportunities John Hewson * The Canberra Times I had hoped 2018 would be different, driven by real leadership and real policy, effectively responding to the needs, expectations and aspirations of the majority of the electorate, as they struggle with key elements of their daily costs of living, with their wages flatlining, and constant concern about the security of their jobs. Yet the year began ... Read More »

A basic income for everyone? Yes, Finland shows it really can work

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Mark Zuckerberg, Bernie Sanders and Elon Musk back the idea And trials suggest it can liberate jobless people from a life of humiliation Aditya Chakrabortty The Guardian In a speck of a village deep in the Finnish countryside, a man gets money for free. Each month, almost €560 (£500) is dropped into his bank account, with no strings attached. The cash is his to use as he wants. Who is his benefactor? The Helsinki government. The prelude to a thriller, ... Read More »

High court proves we have free speech against environmental wreckers

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Adani and the loggers should watch out – we have a right to peaceful protest to protect our environment Bob Brown The Guardian The high court has drawn a line in the sand against laws which burden the right of Australians to peaceful protest. The court made no judgement on Tasmanian premier Will Hodgman’s decision to flatten the Lapoinya state forest in northwest Tasmania against the wishes of the local community. But it struck down his Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) ... Read More »

We need the voices of public servants in the political debate. Their free speech is in peril

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Praising your agency is welcome, but not criticising it – new social media guidelines continue a troubling trend of silencing public servants John Wilson and Kieran Pender  The Guardian John Wilson is the managing legal director of Bradley Allen Love Lawyers Kieran Pender is a freelance journalist and legal researcher Another day, another attack on the ability of public servants to participate in Australian democracy. On Monday the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) released revised guidance on how federal government ... Read More »

Charlie Flanagan: We cannot let respect for judiciary erode

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Populism and political opportunism is a threat to one of the pillars of our Constitution Charlie Flanagan The Irish Times This week I will introduce the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill in the Dáil. It seeks to modernise the process for nominating judges and gives effect to a commitment in the programme for government. It is part of a broader process of modernisation and change that has taken place right across government and the Oireachtas in recent… The introduction of… Charlie ... Read More »

Money Talked Loudest at Trump’s Inaugural

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Bob Murray, one of the coal industry’s loudest voices, spent $300,000 on President Trump’s inauguration and got a lot more than good… THE EDITORIAL BOARD  The New York Times Mr. Murray — whose Murray Energy is a serial violator of federal health and safety rules — demanded that Mr. Trump gut regulatory oversight and pull the… “I’m not a patient man,” warned Mr. Murray, who earned infamy when he… Money Talked Loudest… Read More »

Who You Callin’ Anti-Semite? Reserve The Term For The Worst Offenders

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We’ve been playing this game for months now. First with Michael… Then with Stephen Bannon. Now with Sebastian… By Peter Beinart Nikki Casey Forward Liberals accuse a Donald Trump adviser of having ties to right-wing anti… Trump’s Jewish supporters defend… And, not content to stop there, they throw the charge back in the accusers… Who You Callin… Read More »

Murdoch And The ABC Need Each Other, And We Need Both More Than Ever

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With the rise of fake news, the pull and push of traditional media is more important than ever, writes Mike Fewster. New matilda Mike Fewster I am in shock finding that I am writing this, but the world is spinning very fast at the moment. A few weeks ago, I argued that Murdoch’s approach to Murdoch And The ABC Need Each… Read More »

Under Donald Trump, the US will no longer be the beacon of the free world

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Other nations look to America as an example. The Guardian Richard Wolff The president-elect’s attitude to his business interests won’t help efforts to spread good governance. Somehow Donald Trump manages to dumb down… Under Donald Trump, the US will no longer be… Read More »

Enough is enough: we’ve reached a tipping point on sexual assault

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In the words of Elizabeth Warren, “women have had it” with guys like Trump, and the others who grab, insult and harass us. There’s a new defiance in the air Jessica Valenti Most times, it’s easier to say nothing. When a man gropes you on a subway. If a stranger tells you to smile as you walk down the… Enough is enough… Read More »

Four Years as Green Party Leader: It’s Been a Privilege and an Honour | Natalie Bennett

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I know some will find my decision not to re-stand for the leadership hard to understand, and I’ve been moved by the generous words of support from many party members and supporters urging me to continue, but I hope that my decision will help make it clear that the Green Party doesn’t operate like other political parties, with a steep hierarchy up which many are seeking to scramble, while those at the top defend their positions. We’re a team, we ... Read More »

We don’t ‘lose’ our mothers – the reality is more violent than that

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Saying goodbye to your mother is a pain we all must face. That doesn’t make it any easier to do David Ferguson The Guardian T wo dear friends of mine lost their mothers this month, a high school friend and an old love. I’ve been sitting… We don’t ‘lose’… Read More »