Henrik Juel (Roskilde): Social Media and the Dialectic of Enlightenment. Are social networks risky?: Mehmet Sahinoglu and Aysen Dener Akkaya on assessing and mitigating risk. "Freshwater will be the new oil": Alexander Gorlach interviews Vint Cerf, one of the "fathers of the internet," on innovation, social networks, and the future of human society. Meet Scott Vener, the music man making Myspace cool again (or trying to). Turning memes into gold: An interview with Ben Lashes, the world’s premier meme agent. Chris Horton on Google’s utopian quest: Benevolent tech monopoly of the future? Kim Zetter on how a Google headhunter’s e-mail unraveled a massive net security hole. Is Wikipedia going commercial? It started out as the greatest free resource on the Web, but now the encyclopedia is drawing profit-seeking writers. Dominique Cardon on the Internet and its democratic virtues. Charles Graeber goes inside the mansion — and mind — of Kim Dotcom, the most wanted man on the net. From Daily Dot, Fernando Alfonso on 4chan's 9 most memorable controversies; and Lindsey Weber attempts what no person has before: a list of lists of lists of lists.
Simon Luechinger and Christoph Moser (KOF): The Value of the Revolving Door: Political Appointees and the Stock Market. Susan Marks (LSE): Four Human Rights Myths. Kieran Oberman (UCD): Immigration as a Human Right; and Can Brain Drain Justify Immigration Restrictions? The prospects for labor law reform may seem laughably remote — all the more reason to rethink strategy now, before the next chance; after 60 years of law tilted toward employers, it’s time to make labor organizing a civil right. Who’s the greatest Jewish athlete? An interview with Franklin Foer about Jewish jocks, and how they changed sports history. Molly Redden on how the “fiscal cliff” is Wall Street’s chance to court Democrats again (and more by Jonathan Cohn). By popular demand: James Fallows on one last immersion in the world of the Atlas Shrugged guy. From the Brennan Center for Justice, Keesha Gaskins and Sundeep Iyer on why we need redistricting reform; and Lawrence Norden on simple solutions to fix voting machines. Hunting number 113: The periodic table of the elements just got a new member; at least, maybe it did — it’s hard to tell.
From Businessweek, a special section on city planning: How can we make our cities more sustainable, efficient, and prosperous in the years ahead? From GeoCurrents, an article on mapping “global cities”. From the Toronto Review of Books, a review of Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution by David Harvey. Matt Bevilacqua on using Google Street View to see a city’s personality. Hamburg’s HafenCity is unique in the extraordinary efforts made in pursuit of a “planned urbanity”. P.H. Liotta and James F. Miskel on megacities: The past, present and predictions for the future. Nate Berg on where urban land growth is about to explode. Laura Vaughan reviews Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities by Carl H. Nightingale. Rebel cities: Occupy Wall Street staged a rebellion against corporate corruption and economic inequality in Manhattan’s parks and streets, but the battle for the city began with nineteenth century electrification of Broadway. Matthew Thomas Clement reviews Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism by Stephen Graham. Will the city of the future look as insane as this?
Ittay Nissan-Rozen (HUJ): Doing the Best One Can: A New Justification for the Use of Lotteries. From FDL, a book salon on Don’t Buy It: The Trouble With Talking Nonsense About the Economy by Anat Shenker Ororio. Lach De Crespigny and Julian Savulescu on the continuing tragedies of home birth and the rights of the future child. How do we care for future people? J. Hughes on Buddhist and Jain ideas for reproductive ethics (and part 2 and part 3). How to buy a daughter: Choosing the sex of your baby has become a multimillion-dollar industry. Tigers need tourist traps: Ralf Buckley on how the best protection many endangered species have is tourism dollars. Dave Zirin on the lockout lawyers destroying sports. When its banks failed, Sweden made a miraculous turnaround — could the U.S. imitate it? Jennifer Miller reviews A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving by Eugene Bardach. David Callahan on why Obama should raise taxes on the middle class. Meet the real Sons of Anarchy, an anti-fascist motorcycle club in Athens, Greece, patrols the community, fighting neo-Nazis who attack immigrants.
James E. Parco (Colorado College): For God and Country: Religious Fundamentalism in the United States Military. From FDL, a book salon on Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror by Matt Kennard. Aaron B. O’Connell on the permanent militarization of America (and more by Stephen Walt). The Few, the Proud, the Infantilized: Bruce Fleming on how America's military academies have become mockeries of their own ideals. From Small Wars Journal, Peter J. Munson on military culture and its implication for the future force. Brian McAllister reviews The Generals: American Military Command From World War II to Today by Thomas E. Ricks. General failure: Thomas Ricks on how a culture of mediocrity has taken hold within the Army's leadership ranks — and why America's military future depends on uprooting it. From Foreign Policy, soldiers these days need less muscle and more maturity, so why do we still focus on recruiting 18-year-olds?; and why are all these advocacy groups aligning themselves with the military? There are changes afoot for the women’s uniforms in the interest of “gender neutrality”.