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Book Review: Feminisms: A Global History by Lucy Delap

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In Feminisms: A Global History, Lucy Delap offers a new and wide-ranging account of the global history of feminisms, drawing on an innovative range of sources to explore the rich, diverse and radical roots of feminist movements across time and space. Addressing the powerful contributions of feminisms while also examining their limitations, exclusions and complicities, this book is a triumph of […]

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    Vote by mail worked in 2020. But this was no way to run an election. 

Vote by mail worked in 2020. But this was no way to run an election. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic meant that voting by mail was more important than ever during the 2020 US General Election. Though it generally worked well, Priscilla Southwell argues that issues such as the rejection of so-called “naked” and “cured” ballots by Republicans show that there are still important areas for improvement.

Following the 2020 US General Election our mini-series, ‘What Happened?’, explores aspects of elections […]

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    Donald Trump’s populist appeals failed to win over an electorate which wanted and needed a competent COVID-19 response.

Donald Trump’s populist appeals failed to win over an electorate which wanted and needed a competent COVID-19 response.

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Since the reality of the threat of COVID-19 became apparent, President Trump has taken little meaningful action to protect Americans from the pandemic. Analysing the now lame-duck president’s tweets, Corina Lacatus and Gustav Meibauer argue that Trump’s decision to make populist appeals over the course of the election did not have the intended effect of increasing support from his […]

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    It makes sense to vote in elections if you think one candidate will lead to greater prosperity.

It makes sense to vote in elections if you think one candidate will lead to greater prosperity.

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Despite the importance of national elections, many Americans see little value in voting. Tsjalle van der Burg, Lara Carminati and Celeste Wilderom use economic theory to argue that the potential benefits of voting always outweigh the costs to an individual. They write that while the likelihood that any one vote might make a difference is very small, if a […]

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    Book Review: Me, Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism by Alison Phipps

Book Review: Me, Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism by Alison Phipps

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In Me, Not You, Alison Phipps builds on Black feminist scholarship to investigate how mainstream feminist movements against sexual violence express a ‘political whiteness’ that can reinforce marginalisation and oppression and limits the capacity to collectively achieve structural change and dismantle violent systems. This short and accessible book challenges us to think deeply about how the politics of woundedness, outrage and […]

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    Book Review: The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch by Laura DeNardis

Book Review: The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch by Laura DeNardis

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In The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch, Laura DeNardis offers an exploration of the invisible, complex and concerning worldwide network of technologies often referred to as the Internet of Things, focusing particularly on the pressing issues of governance and jurisdiction. Courteney J. O’Connor highly recommends this well researched and impeccably written text to political scientists, […]

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    Global experts are more likely to be worried about electoral violence in the presidential election than their US counterparts.

Global experts are more likely to be worried about electoral violence in the presidential election than their US counterparts.

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Ahead of the US presidential election there is growing concern both at home and abroad about the health of American democracy. In a new study, Ilana Rothkopf, Paul Friesen, Luis Schenoni, Maggie Shum, and Romelia M. Solano asked 150 election experts from around the world about election scenarios. They found that experts outside the US were more concerned than […]

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    Electoral officials can do little to combat information which undermines elections

Electoral officials can do little to combat information which undermines elections

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As the 2020 presidential election approaches, there is growing concern over disinformation about the electoral process which may work to undermine the legitimacy of the election’s outcome. In new research, Brian Calfano, Richard Harknett, Gregory Winger, and Jelena Vicic surveyed nearly 9,000 Americans to determine the effect of messaging from Secretaries of State to counter disinformation. They find that […]

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    Book Review: Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration – And Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy and Our Lives by Danny Dorling

Book Review: Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration – And Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy and Our Lives by Danny Dorling

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In Slowdown, Danny Dorling challenges the idea that we are living through an era of unprecedented economic and technological acceleration, instead putting forward an argument in favour of the inevitability and desirability of deceleration. Published in the midst of a global pandemic, Dorling’s insightful and persuasive book is a well-timed forecast that the storm will eventually subside and humankind will advance towards […]

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    Not all data is created equal: the promise and peril of algorithms for inclusion at work

Not all data is created equal: the promise and peril of algorithms for inclusion at work

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Firms must improve processes to reduce bias in datasets and set AI on a positive path of supporting inclusion, writes Teresa Almeida.

In 2016, Microsoft unveiled its first AI chatbot, Tay, developed to interact and converse with users in real-time on Twitter and engage Millennials. Tay was released with a basic grasp of language based on a dataset of anonymised […]

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