Jeffrey L. Vagle (Penn): Cybersecurity and Moral Hazard. Why you should be very worried about the Internet’s future: Sean Illing interviews Alexander Klimburg, author of The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace. We rely on the internet during a crisis — so what if the next crisis threatens the Internet? The coming software apocalypse: A small group of programmers wants to change how we code — before catastrophe strikes. The crypto-keepers: Yasha Levine on how the politics-by-app hustle conquered all. Why I’m not a tech utopian: Programmer Ellen Ullman looks back on her belief, early in her career, that a small machine could help her community.

April Glaser on the law that let Silicon Valley stay clueless — but also made the internet what we have today. Big tech cannot stop shooting itself in the foot: Trust, arguably more than ever, is Silicon Valley’s most coveted feature now — and blunders coming from tech’s biggest companies now feel more unsettling. Jesse Noltimier reviews The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information by Frank Pasquale. There is a term for what is happening: America has become a cyberpunk dystopia. Tim Wu on why the courts will have to save net neutrality. Technology is making the world more unequal — only technology can fix this.


David A Ciepley (Denver): Is the U.S. Government a Corporation? The Corporate Origins of Modern Constitutionalism. Laura W. Brill reviews The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era by Akhil Reed Amar. Thomas P. Crocker (South Carolina): Dystopian Constitutionalism. Jack M. Balkin (Yale): Constitutional Rot; and Constitutional Rot and Constitutional Crisis. Dystopian legal fiction, or the shadow of our (national) future? Adrian Vermeule on nationalism canons. Ian Millhiser on how the Constitution of the United States has failed. Should we fear Article V? We’re closer to a constitutional convention, where any new amendment could be put before a simple majority vote, than you might realize.


How our broken justice system led to a sexual harassment crisis: A series of powerful men have been accused of serious crimes, with little legal accountability — sound familiar? Who we don’t talk about when we talk about Weinstein: After Annabella Sciorra told her story about Harvey Weinstein, I watched her work again — and wondered what might have been. There are no safe spaces: A series of sexual harassment allegations has vindicated the demands of student activists. Why the “Me Too” moment is just the start of a necessary cultural shift. #ChurchToo: Abuse survivors speak out about harassment in their religious communities.

Liberals and sexual harassment: Amy Davidson Sorkin on Al Franken, Roy Moore, and a test for the Democratic Party. Democrats are facing an important test with Al Franken — they’ve failed it before. Half the story: There’s danger ahead for Democrats if the public only sees the sexual misconduct allegations that Republicans choose to leak. This is what patriarchy looks like: Patriarchy is neither Democrat nor Republican — but only one party bakes it into its brand. “The result is that the more decent you are, the more likely you are to pay the price for your sexual misconduct — the more of an asshole you are, the less likely you’ll pay any price”.

The deeper, subtler, more insidious effect Mark Halperin had on our politics: We’ll be paying for Mark Halperin’s sins for years to come.


Colin Beck (Pomona): The Structure of Comparison in the Study of Revolution. World’s leading bodies of social and natural sciences to merge in 2018. The root of all cruelty: Perpetrators of violence, we’re told, dehumanize their victims — the truth is worse. Mohammad Hashemi on Carl Schmitt’s blueprint for Saudi MbS. Jeffrey Friedman on nationalism and xenophobia, redux. Laurent Dubreuil on identity politics and democratic totalitarianism. Grappling with a legitimacy crisis: Donald Trump’s lawyers want you and him to believe he will be exonerated and Russia will be yesterday's news — the truth is Trump is hopelessly tainted by what we know already. The G.O.P.’s “boil the frog” strategy to save Trump.


Judith Townend (Sussex) and Richard Danbury (De Montfort): Protecting Sources and Whistleblowers in a Digital Age. The person who shares a news story on social media is more important than the story’s actual source in determining whether readers believe it, a study has found. Does anyone care about journalism research? (No, really) Great local reporting stands between you and wrongdoing — and it needs saving. Can charity save journalism from market failure? Yemile Bucay, Vittoria Elliott, Jennie Kamin, and Andrea Park on America’s growing news deserts. What does it mean for a journalist today to be a Serious Reader?

Carol Pauli (Texas A&M): Enemy of the People: Negotiating News at the White House. Shelley Hepworth, Carlett Spike, and Pete Vernon on small newsrooms in out-of-the-way places. The Megyn Kelly racket: It says nothing good about our world that the NBC anchor is seen as a role model for feminists and journalists. When Silicon Valley took over journalism: The pursuit of digital readership broke the New Republic — and an entire industry. Inside the partisan fight for your news feed: How ideologues, opportunists, growth hackers, and internet marketers built a massive new universe of partisan news on the web and on Facebook.

Andrew Lindner (Skidmore) and Ryan Larson (Minnesota): The Expansion and Contraction of the Journalistic Field and American Online Citizen Journalism, 2000-2012. Yes, ma’am: Here are 21 women running U.S. media organizations now. What happens to local news when there is no local media to cover it? When all the news that fits is Trump: Great reporting is how the “failing” New York Times has answered (and benefited mightily) from the president’s attacks — but the paper’s former executive editor warns of the pitfalls of the Trump bump. You think Chris Christie's beach photos were great? Just wait until drone journalism really takes off.

Why Trump’s White House fears April Ryan, one of America’s most successful black journalists. Just how partisan is the press, and should the public be worried? Lindzi Wessel on making sense of media bias. You know who else was always impressing journalists with his newfound maturity and pragmatism? SE Cupp on why conservatives lost faith in mainstream media. Trump’s message of mistrust is sinking in, even in journalism’s new “golden age”. Adrian Brune on the new “Peace Corps” for journalists. The Internet isn’t saving local news — here’s how that’s hurting democracy. Can Fox News survive the Trump presidency? Embattled network faces lawsuits, aging viewership, new competitors.


From GQ, Ben Schreck goes inside Donald Trump’s election night war room. Scott McLemee reviews The Trump Presidency: Outsider in the Oval Office by Steven E. Schier and Todd E. Eberly. The IRS is building a safe to hold Trump’s tax returns. Trump often says he has proof for his claims — but he never comes through. Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump’s hotels — not anymore. Trump’s declining popularity is hurting his businesses. Trump’s tweets are hurting him with the voters he needs most. Aides give up on trying to control Trump’s tweets: Trump’s post on Franken allegations was the latest example of the president’s habit of using his Twitter account to draw fire, rather than deflecting it.

Is Trump getting worse, or has he always been this delusional? White House staff reportedly shows Trump positive polls to make him feel better. The best analogy to Donald Trump in 2017 is George W. Bush in 2005. Norms follow function: Maximillian Alvarez on sorting through the derangements of the Trump age.


Barry Weingast (Stanford): Adam Smith’s Constitutional Theory. Barry R. Weingast (Stanford): War, Trade, and Mercantilism: Reconciling Adam Smith’s Three Theories of the British Empire. Onur Ulas Ince (SMU): Adam Smith, Settler Colonialism, and Cosmopolitan Overstretch. Dominique Bouchet (Southern Denmark): Adam Smith, Market and Social Change: Then and Now. Maria Pia Paganelli (Trinity): 240 Years of the Wealth of Nations. Michael Emmett Brady (CSU): Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations after 240 Years: It Is Still the Work of an Intellectual Giant Towering Heads and Shoulders Above the Benthamite Utilitarian Economists of the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries.

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