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Ethically assessing surveillance: CCTV, PRISM and Facebook

Technological developments and a heightened fear of terrorism has resulted in the rapid expansion of surveillance in the last 15 years, to the extent that critics now describe the UK as a ‘surveillance state’. John Guelke outlines the philosophical debates around surveillance ethics and argues that privacy is being eroded not just by the state but by our own […]

April 12th, 2014|John Guelke|0 Comments|

The New Circulations of Culture: Culture is being radically transformed by the recursive circulations of digital by-product data

Culture is being radically transformed by the recursive circulations of digital by-product data, yet we have little understanding of how this is happening or what the consequences might be. Dave Beer argues that we need to try to understand the ‘politics of circulation’ that underpins contemporary culture – that we need to try to understand how data circulate back into […]


Brussels blog round-up for 27 April – 3 May: A dreary May Day, the ECB cuts rates, and could Spain become the Florida of Europe?

Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in Brussels blogging.  The EU centre and the crisis  Ahead of elections to the European Parliament in May 2014, Jon Worth previews potential candidates for the post of EU Commission President from the Party of European Socialists. Meanwhile, Grahnlaw reflects on recent pro-federalism comments by the current EU Commission President Jose Manuel […]


The real innovation in Beppe Grillo’s campaigning is not his use of social media, but his success in using the Internet to bring together activists at the grassroots level.

The success of Beppe Grillo’s Five-Star Movement in February’s Italian elections has focused attention on his use of the Internet as a campaigning tool. Duncan McDonnell argues that many of the techniques he has adopted, such as using social media in political communications, are not as revolutionary as they are often portrayed. The real innovation has been his and the […]


The Euroblogosphere has great potential to contribute to the European public sphere, but it is currently restricted by a lack of deep debate and the dominance of English.

The Euroblogosphere now consists of many hundreds of blogs, all commenting on different aspects of Europe, its politics and policies. But are blogs in Europe part of a European Public Sphere? Using interviews with European bloggers, Javier Ruiz Soler finds that despite the seeming lack of deep level debate and the over presence of English, blogging is a growing contributor […]


Brussels blog round up for 20- 26 October – EU development aid at the crossroads, hunger strikes in Italy and Poland, and will the eurocrisis break-up member states?

Chris Gilson and Stuart A Brown take a look at the week in Brussels blogging. The EU centre On Tuesday, the European Commission outlined its work programme for 2013. Public Affairs 2.0 discusses the importance of the programme for European Commission President José Manuel Barroso as it represents the last opportunity for his Commission to shape its legacy prior to the end of […]