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    The paradox of wanting privacy but behaving as if it didn’t matter

The paradox of wanting privacy but behaving as if it didn’t matter

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Subjective factors significantly influence consumers’ behaviour regarding their privacy, write Idris Adjerid, Eyal Peer, and Alessandro Acquisti.

The increasingly sophisticated and ubiquitous technologies centred on collecting and using consumer data are keeping the public discussion over privacy at centre stage. An important point of contention in that the debate focuses on the sometimes surprising nature of individuals’ privacy choices, and […]

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    Author Interview: Considering Emma Goldman with Professor Clare Hemmings

Author Interview: Considering Emma Goldman with Professor Clare Hemmings

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Managing Editor of the LSE Review of Books, Dr. Rosemary Deller spoke to Professor Clare Hemmings about her new book, Considering Emma Goldman: Feminist Political Ambivalence and the Imaginative Archive (Duke UP, 2018), which examines Goldman’s significance as an anarchist activist and thinker to the past and present of feminist theories and activism. Hemmings shows that the contradictions and […]

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    Book Review: Among Wolves: Ethnography and the Immersive Study of Power by Timothy Pachirat

Book Review: Among Wolves: Ethnography and the Immersive Study of Power by Timothy Pachirat

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In Among Wolves: Ethnography and the Immersive Study of Power, Timothy Pachirat offers an experimental contribution to scholarship on social science methodology. Written in the form of a play, the book unfolds over seven acts which reflect on different aspects of ethnographic research, including the role of the researcher, the issue of power and questions of accountability. This is a […]

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    Compared to Mexico, religion’s role in US society has hindered progress on legal equality for LGBT people

Compared to Mexico, religion’s role in US society has hindered progress on legal equality for LGBT people

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New research by Caroline Beer and Victor Cruz Aceves examines the puzzling finding that Mexico has offered greater legal equality for LGBT people for a longer period of time than the United States.  They argue that this can be explained by the wider separation of church and state in Mexican politics and the strong importance of human rights […]

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    How people feel about what companies do with their data is just as important as what they know about it

How people feel about what companies do with their data is just as important as what they know about it

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The recent revelation that Cambridge Analytica was able to acquire the Facebook data of 50 million people has led to a surge of interest and questions around what companies do with people’s data. Amidst all of this, little attention has been paid to the feelings of those whose data are used, shared, and acted upon. According to Helen Kennedy, […]

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    Memorandum of understandings promise nothing; media mergers require close scrutiny by the FCC for their impacts on Latinas/os

Memorandum of understandings promise nothing; media mergers require close scrutiny by the FCC for their impacts on Latinas/os

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Mergers have become an increasing frequent part of the American media landscape, and alongside this consolidation interest groups have sprung up to challenge them on the grounds of minority representation, In new work, Jason A. Smith and Randy Abreu take a close look at the effects on Latina/o representation of the 2011 merger between Comcast and NBC Universal. They […]

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    How stakeholder advisory committees could help fix a broken Congress

How stakeholder advisory committees could help fix a broken Congress

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The US Congress is mired in gridlock, with spending bills now only passed under threat of government shutdown. But how can Congress get past this dysfunction and begin to pass legislation without such partisan rancor? Stuart Kasdin explores one potential solution to these problems: the introduction of advisory committees made up of stakeholders and interest groups, which would be […]

Book Review: Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon

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In Black Skin, White Masks – first published in 1952 – Frantz Fanon offers a potent philosophical, clinical, literary and political analysis of the deep effects of racism and colonialism on the experiences, lives, minds and relationships of black people and people of colour. Leonardo Custódio reflects on the enduring relevance of Fanon’s classic work, here published in a new edition […]

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    Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: let this be the high-water mark for impunity

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: let this be the high-water mark for impunity

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The problems we see at social media companies today are the by-product of a laissez-faire approach to regulation, writes MacKenzie F. Common.

The last few days represent more than just the most recent and inevitable controversy emanating from Facebook’s beleaguered offices. The scandal over Cambridge Analytica’s participation in electoral manipulation and gross breaches of privacy have resonated more widely with […]

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    Book Review: The Acceleration of Cultural Change: From Ancestors to Algorithms by R. Alexander Bentley and Michael J. O’Brien

Book Review: The Acceleration of Cultural Change: From Ancestors to Algorithms by R. Alexander Bentley and Michael J. O’Brien

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In The Acceleration of Cultural Change: From Ancestors to Algorithms, R. Alexander Bentley and Michael J. O’Brien examine the fast pace of technological and cultural change today, contrasting our modes of knowledge exchange with those of early humans. Exploring rapidly changing traditions from ancient fairy tales to viral memes, this playful book gives great insight into the ways in which cultures […]

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