A new issue of Surveillance and Society is out, including Timothy Mitchener-Nissen (UCL): Failure to Collectively Assess Security Surveillance Technologies Will Inevitably Lead to an Absolute Surveillance Society; and a debate on Kevin Macnish (Leeds): Just Surveillance? Towards a Normative Theory of Surveillance (with responses). Marko Milanovic (Nottingham): Human Rights Treaties and Foreign Surveillance: Privacy in the Digital Age. Andrei Marmor (USC): What Is the Right to Privacy? Neil M. Richards (WUSTL): Four Privacy Myths. Andrew J Roberts (Melbourne): A Republican Account of the Value of Privacy. Richard Warner (Chicago-Kent) and Robert H. Sloan (UIC): Self, Privacy, and Power: Is it All Over? Ronald J. Krotoszynski (Alabama): A Prolegomenon to Any Future Restatement of Privacy. Ori Heffetz (Cornell) and Katrina Ligett (CalTech): Privacy and Data-Based Research. John Robinson Jr. (Utah): The Snowden Disconnect: When the Ends Justify the Means. Paul J. Nyden reviews The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding. The Electronic Frontier Foundation makes its pitch to the Tea Party. Big Brother is in your Spotify: Andrew Leonard on how music became the surveillance state’s Trojan horse. Cory Doctorow on how to talk to your children about mass surveillance. Which is more terrifying, Google or Facebook? Sam Biddle investigates. Meet Janet Vertesi, the woman who did everything in her power to hide her pregnancy from Big Data. The White House is asking Congress to pass new privacy laws that would add more safeguards for Americans’ data and provide more protections for emails sought in the course of a law enforcement investigation (and more by Danah Boyd). We need more secrecy: David Frum on why government transparency can be the enemy of liberty.
Samuel R. Gross (Michigan), Barbara O'Brien (Michigan State), Chen Hu (ACR), and Edward Kennedy (Penn): Rate of False Conviction of Criminal Defendants Who Are Sentenced to Death. Paul J. Heald (Illinois): The Demand for Out-of-Print Works and Their (Un)Availability in Alternative Markets. George Williams (FCC): Psi and the Problem of Consciousness. Rachel Bayefsky (Yale): Dignity as a Value in Agency Cost-Benefit Analysis. Matthew L. N. Wilkinson (Cambridge Muslim College): Introducing Islamic Critical Realism: A Philosophy for Underlabouring Contemporary Islam. Anthropologist Jeremy Boissevain theorizes how we cope with tourists. “A humblebrag disguised as a complaint”: One might say that complaining about the #firstworldproblems hashtag is itself a first-world problem. Nevada ranch militias turn against each other over drone-attack theory. From Vulture, Jesse David Fox on the redemption of the hipster punch line. Saladin Ahmed on how censors killed the weird, experimental, progressive golden age of comics. Which radical ideas come true? Claude S. Fischer investigates. John Kay on how GDP is flawed — just not the way most people think. Michael Peck interviews legendary video game developer Sid Meier about the worlds he’s made, the people who have played in them, and how his Civilization resembles reality. A look at why the Alex Jones industrial complex must be dismantled. Critics charge that Venezuela's anti-government protesters almost exclusively represent the middle class; the reality is more complicated — and revealing.
From Financial Times, save capitalism from the capitalists by taxing wealth: Rising levels of inequality need to be addressed on a global scale, writes Thomas Piketty (and more and more and more). What would the world look like with Piketty's global tax on wealth? Danny Vinik investigates. Piketty's global wealth tax isn't happening — Danny Vinik on five politically realistic ideas instead. David Leonhardt on why you shouldn't be too depressed by Thomas Piketty’s arguments — inequality is a choice, not inevitable. Matt O'Brien on 4 ways to stop the U.S. from becoming a Piketty-style oligarchy. Studying the rich: Mike Konczal on Thomas Piketty and his critics. Thomas Piketty terrifies Paul Ryan: Paul Rosenberg goes behind the right’s desperate, laughable need to destroy an economist. Brad DeLong on the Right’s Piketty problem. Kathleen Geier on what Piketty’s conservative critics get wrong (and more). We need to teach tolerance for inequality: Brian Beutler on how the conservative case against Piketty is shockingly weak. Piketty fever: A wonky book on inequality becomes a blockbuster. Larry Elliott on Thomas Piketty, the French economist bringing capitalism to book. Hey, Big Thinker: Thomas Piketty, the economist behind Capital in the Twenty-First Century, is the latest overnight intellectual sensation. Economist receives rock star treatment: The reception for his Capital in the 21st Century has led the French economist Thomas Piketty to Washington’s halls of power and New York’s media outlets (and more). Tyler Cowen and Veronique de Rugy on why Piketty’s book is a bigger deal in America than in France. John Cassidy on why the "Piketty bubble" is more than hot air.