Saif Shahin (BGSU): A Critical Axiology for Big Data Studies. Linnet Taylor (Tilburg): The Ethics of Big Data as a Public Good: Which Public, Whose Good? Bjorn Lundqvist (Stockholm): Big Data, Open Data, Privacy Regulations, Intellectual Property and Competition Law in an Internet of Things World. Gordon Hull (UNC): Confessing Preferences: What Foucault's Government of the Living Can Tell Us About Neoliberalism and Big Data. Big data isn't just watching you — it's making you poorer: Pankaj Mehta reviews Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil (and more). Companies once thought they'd make big money off big data — now it's their biggest liability.
From Big Data & Society, Brent Daniel Mittelstadt, Patrick Allo, Mariarosaria Taddeo, Sandra Wachter, and Luciano Floridi (Oxford): The Ethics of Algorithms: Mapping the Debate. Anupam Chander (UC-Davis): The Racist Algorithm? John McWhorter on how "racist" technology is a bug, not a crime. Debugging bias: Felicia Montalvo on busting the myth of neutral technology. Stefania Milan and Lonneke van der Velden (Amsterdam): The Alternative Epistemologies of Data Activism. Cennydd Bowles on datafication and ideological blindness. Data populists must seize our information — for the benefit of us all.
Samuel C. Rickless (UCSD): A Transcendental Argument for Liberalism. From Aeon, can liberal values be absolute, or is that a contradiction? Kevin Vallier (BGSU): Must Politics Be War? In Defense of Public Reason Liberalism. Tom G. Palmer on a new, old challenge: Global anti-libertarianism. From the Niskanen Center, Will Wilkinson on revitalizing liberalism in the age of Brexit and Trump; and Jacob T. Levy on why the defense of liberty can't do without identity politics and on authoritarianism and post-truth politics. Jason Stanley on the question of the stability of democracy. Eric Schliesser on Jason Stanley and Jacob Levy on liberalism and truth.
How Russia recruited elite hackers for its cyberwar. How Trump made Russia's hacking more effective: It was the president-elect's hyperbolic characterizations of the pilfered material that turned routine documents into the stuff of scandal. Team Trump: We're the true target of Obama's sanctions. The Trump camp's spin on Russian interference is falling apart. Thread: "Guys, Trump's behavior regarding Russia is very weird, even by Trump standards". Josh Marshall on the "innocent" explanation of Trump's behavior. Putin won 2016, but Russia has its limits as a superpower. Now, really crank up heat on Russia: What more America and Europe can do to fight Kremlin assault on Western democratic institutions. Putin's real long game: The world order we know is already over, and Russia is moving fast to grab the advantage — can Trump figure out the new war in time to win it?
Alma Begicevic (Loyola): Money as Justice: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina. From Australian Humanities Review, a roundtable on the essay "What is the Western Canon Good For?" by Adam Kotsko. How Australia has avoided a recession for 25 years. The Trump penalty: Five ways many Americans' finances will take a hit under the Trump administration. Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker says his newspaper won't call Donald Trump's lies "lies". 2017 will be the year that news organizations start approaching headlines with the importance they deserve. Gender theorist Judith Butler sure can pen a scathing email. 2016 roundup: Steve Watson on the year's strangest magazines. A reminder that bowl games still matter in the College Football Playoff era.
From the Upshot, Nate Cohn on how the Obama coalition crumbled, leaving an opening for Trump. The lists told us otherwise: Daniel Schlozman on the Democratic collapse and the ascent of Trumpism. Hillary Clinton really shouldn't have told voters that Trump wasn't a normal Republican. It's not about the economy: In an increasingly polarized country, even economic progress can't get voters to abandon their partisan allegiance. Don't blame technology: Russian hackers were able to interfere in the US election not because of Internet technology as such, but because of public receptivity to anti-establishment messages. Americans — especially but not exclusively Trump voters — believe crazy, wrong things.
Benjamin Vandermarliere, Samuel Standaert, and Stijn Ronsse (Ghent): Structure and Evolution of the World's Historical Trade Patterns. Timothy Meyer (Vanderbilt): Saving the Political Consensus in Favor of Free Trade. Bernard Avishai on the meaning of open trade and open borders. Chad Bown on the truth about trade agreements — and why we need them. How to tell apart trade agreements that undermine democratic principles from those that don't. A little-noticed fact about trade: It's no longer rising. The Economist on the changing face of global trade. Free our trade deals from corporate interests. Are economists partly responsible for Donald Trump's shocking victory in the US presidential election? Dani Rodrik on straight talk on trade. How should we think about trade policy after Trump?
How the "losers" in America's trade policies got left behind: The U.S. has not figured out how to help people whose jobs were outsourced overseas — can the problem be solved? Cutting off trade won't revive the Rust Belt. A Trump tariff wall would help a little, but hurt a lot. Trump wants to impose a whopping 35% tariff on businesses that move jobs overseas — this is why. Trump's 35 percent tariff wouldn't keep jobs in the U.S. — here's why. Trump promises to tear up trade deals — here's what he should do. Trump in 2013: We must "leave borders behind" because future of US "depends on a cohesive global economy". What you should know about Peter Navarro, the professor who has Trump's ear on the economy. Donald Trump's trade team has based their analysis on a remarkably silly mistake.
Why trade deficits matter: Economists and politicians frequently overlook their role in whether Americans are working, and where. Robert W. McGee (Fayetteville State): Why the USA Is Doomed to Have Trade Deficits, and Why It Doesn't Matter; and Should Trump Impose a 35% Tariff on the Importation of Chinese/Mexican Products? We're totally misunderstanding the difference between Mexico and China. From Congressional Research Service, a report on China-U.S. Trade Issues. Trump sinks Asia trade pact, opening the way for China to lead. If Trump delivers on his promises on China, he'll probably spark a trade war. And the trade war came: Paul Krugman on tariffs, a bad idea whose time has come.
Donald Trump is fighting for his trademark in China, home of Trump toilets and Trump condoms.
500 years on, are we living in Thomas More's Utopia? In a utopian future, what counts as luxury? Ben Sullivan wonders. Is humanity getting better? Our new global crises are so challenging because the bads are so tightly bound up with the goods. Max Roser on proof that life is getting better for humanity, in 5 charts. Everything is (still) awesome: Maybe the message didn't break through, but things continue to be pretty great — and getting better — in America. What today's movements for social and economic reform can learn from the intentional communities of the nineteenth century: Akash Kapur reviews Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea by Erik Reece and Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism by Chris Jennings. Utopia: Michael Caines on nine of the most miserable attempts to create idealised societies.