Primavera De Filippi (CERSA/CNRS) and Smari McCarthy (IMMI): Cloud Computing: Centralization and Data Sovereignty. Boldizsar Bencsath, Gabor Pek, Levente Buttyan, and Mark Felegyhazi (BME): The Cousins of Stuxnet: Duqu, Flame, and Gauss. From Wired, are data centers the new global landfill? Ron Bianchini investigates. Dexter Johnson on nanotechnology as socio-political project. Can nanotechnology create utopia? There are some big ideas in the philosophy of technology that are very helpful in understanding what's going on in the world of machines today — one of those ideas is a concept known as "technological momentum". From Technology Review, Jason Pontin on why we can't solve big problems. From TPM, Carl Franzen on the new cartographers: OpenStreetMap’s world takeover, why OpenStreetMap worries tech companies, and on “Mappy Hour”, sex clubs and diversity. Chris Vaughan reviews iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us by Larry D. Rosen. Why we need new rights to privacy: Because of technological advances, we must spell out what used to be taken for granted.
From Avant: The Journal of the Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguard, a special section on musical practice. A group of experts on nonviolence from around the world gathered in New York to consider how those outside a country subject to dictatorship or repression might help those within it fighting for democracy; the result was The Outsider's Guide to Supporting Nonviolent Resistance to Dictatorship. Ghengis Khan, Mongolia’s most famous citizen, built a vast empire spanning from Korea to Eastern Europe; though ruthless in conquest, it was the largest empire in human history, and its impact, both cultural and political, has been much greater than many think. The Third Coast: From Brownsville to Tampa Bay, an economic powerhouse emerges. Jaime Menchen on how most European languages are “doomed to digital extinction”. An interview with U.S. Global Strike Commander Lt. Gen. James M. Kowalski on the state of nuclear deterrence. Examining the dark side of a feel-good industry: Jason Zasky interviews Hugh Sinclair, author of Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic: How Microlending Lost Its Way and Betrayed the Poor.
Tamara Francita Lawson (St. Thomas): A Fresh Cut in an Old Wound — A Critical Analysis of the Trayvon Martin Killing: The Public Outcry, the Prosecutors’ Discretion, and the Stand Your Ground Law. John M. Kang (St. Thomas): Martin v. Malcolm: Democracy, Nonviolence, Manhood. Sherry Johnson interviews Michele Elam, author of The Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics, and Aesthetics in the New Millenium. Post-racial America?: Judith Weisenfeld on the tangle of race, religion, and citizenship. Tom Davies reviews Not in Our Lifetimes: The Future of Black Politics by Michael Dawson. Tim Buckner reviews Whiting Up: Whiteface Minstrels and Stage Europeans in African American Performance by Marvin McAllister. How Dave Chappelle got bamboozled: An excerpt from Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop by Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen (and more and more). Richard Morgan on "post-racial" comedy in the age of Obama. Why don't we hear about interracial dating much in GQ or Vogue, and other non-African-American media? Kevin Noble Maillard on interracial relationships in a post-racial world. Henry Louis Gates Jr. tells of his boyhood in the West Virginia town of Piedmont, where African Americans were second-class citizens but family pride ran deep.
From The Bulletin, as the plausible military rationales for nuclear weapons continue to deteriorate in the aftermath of the Cold War, political and psychological rationales for nuclear weapons — like providing reassurance to US allies — are increasingly viewed to be just as important as deterrence. Report Card: Can the International Atomic Energy Agency stop a war with Iran? Last Call: Tim Heffernan on how industry giants are threatening to swallow up America's carefully regulated alcohol industry, and remake America in the image of booze-soaked Britain. Prosperity isn't just a matter of wealth: Man does not live by GDP alone — an introduction to the Legatum Institute's latest Prosperity Index. The growing distance between Catalonia and the rest of Spain is becoming problematic, and could now be considered one of the most important tail risks facing the euro. Where does language come from? New science suggests we make meaning by creating mental simulations. Brittany A. Baumann reviews Odd Couple: International Trade and Labor Standards in History by Michael Huberman.
John Esposito (Chukyo): Sustainable Development: Straddling the Divide Between Two Worldviews. Alan Boyle (Edinburgh): Human Rights and the Environment: Where Next? Lenny Moss reviews Return to Nature? An Ecological Counterhistory by Fred Dallmayr. What’s wrong with putting a price on nature? Richard Conniff wants to know. Emily Badger on mapping the potential for solar power on every roof. With efforts to halt climate change on life support, scientists are looking at some radical options to save our planet — but could the cure be worse than the disease? Remember when environmental protection was a bipartisan effort? Erik M. Conway and Naomi Oreskes on why conservatives turned against science. Hawks vs. scolds: David Roberts on how “reverse tribalism” affects climate communication. It is quite likely that climate change is one of the secondary factors affecting history, but a prime mover? Peter Turchin wonders. Roger Harrabin reviews The Carbon Crunch: How We’re Getting Climate Change Wrong — and How to Fix It by Dieter Helm. Stop climate change: Move to the city, start walking.