19 June 2018

A blow to the democratic dream

Data-driven political marketing and electoral hacking follow a similar principle: focus on the weakest link in the chain, whether susceptible individuals or voting machines in swing states. On what the Cambridge Analytica scandal reveals about the new arts of political campaigning.

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There is little hope for the release of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia during the World Cup. However, Oleg Sentsov’s hunger strike will not have been in vain if it causes people to question the platitude that ‘sport is above politics’.

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‘Ord&Bild’ debates legacies of ’68; ‘Vagant’ covers Latin American revolution, Nordic union and the colonization of space; ‘Letras Libres’ grapples with online narcissists and digital propagandists; ‘New Humanist’ examines blasphemy laws, domestic violence and ancient DNA; ‘Esprit’ remembers the commitments of Chris Marker.

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‘Blätter’ wants public regulation of the big four; ‘Fronesis’ theorizes contemporary solidarities; ‘Wespennest’ talks intelligently about idiocy; ‘Mittelweg 36’ looks at legitimate rebels; and ‘Varlık’ listens to the music of urban Turkey.

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‘L’Espill’ deplores Spain’s narrow legalism; ‘La Revue’ nouvelle reports on arenas of feminism; ‘NAQD’ resists rentier capitalism; ‘Index on Censorship’ targets abusers of history; and ‘Springerin’ theorizes the work of art in the age of digital reproduction.

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