social media

Oxford Study: Political Data Mining Companies are Manipulating Elections Around the World

August 2, 2018

An extensive new Oxford University study shows that governments, political parties, and NGOs spend well over half a billion dollars around the world to influence elections and public opinion, most of it in a completely unregulated and secretive manner. We speak to the study’s co-author, Samantha Bradshaw

Mercer’s Cambridge Analytica ‘Utterly Sleazy’

March 20, 2018

Britain’s Channel 4 details the dirty tricks that Cambridge Analytica, the data-mining company owned by billionaire Robert Mercer, uses to sway elections around the world. If the story is true, it would mean the company is not only sleazy, but also blatantly criminal, says white-collar criminologist Bill Black

Should Social Media Ads Be Regulated?

October 4, 2017

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into alleged Russia’s interference in the U.S. election has raised the larger question of how to handle social media advertising, particularly false or misleading ads

Palestine

September 13, 2017
The Palestinian Authority’s arrest of prominent human rights activist Issa Amro is part of a wider crackdown on critics of Mahmoud Abbas’ rule, says Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada

Shir Hever on TRNN

April 26, 2017
Mass arrests of over 400 Palestinians were the result of a computer algorithm based on their social media usage, explains TRNN’s Shir Hever

Liberation or “Asylum for Neoliberal Values?” Competing Visions of Black Politics

January 12, 2016

Glen Ford, executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report, discusses this past weekend’s Black Radical Tradition Conference at Temple University

Tragic Slaying by Bay Area Police Remembered 5 Years Later

January 2, 2014

Quest for justice continues 5 years after slaying of Oscar Grant, unarmed 22 year old African American killed while detained in police custody

Kansas Board of Regents Undermine Academic Freedom at State Universities

December 24, 2013

Bill Black: Draconian measure enacted by Kansas Board of Regents that effectively ends tenure and limits academic freedom could be replicated at colleges nationwide

Should People Boycott Israel?

December 16, 2013
Journalist and author Ali Abunimah says that the endorsement of BDS by the American Studies Association (ASA) does not target individuals, only academic institutions complicit in denying the rights of Palestinians

Women's Take

September 25, 2013
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