20 July 2018

When you became the product: A chronology of the internet

From its libertarian origins to the big-data economy of the present, the internet has always oscillated between openness and control, liberty and domination, free-to-use and free enterprise. A brief chronology of the internet reveals a dynamic of power relationships that will continue to define how we interact with online technologies.

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With populist politicians seemingly in the ascendant across the world, how have political theorists responded – and what lessons should they learn? Raffaella Baritono of the Italian journal ‘Il Mulino’ asks Michael Freeden, one of the pre-eminent theorists of liberalism, for his take on the current crisis not just of politics, but of political theory.

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A whiff of disloyalty

‘Blätter’ comments on Merkel’s reversals; ‘Dialogi’ reacts to the illiberal axis; ‘Mittelweg 36′ theorizes border figures; ‘Czas Kultury’ plots genealogies of ’68; and ‘Index on Censorship’ detects trouble in paradise.

Producing knowledge

‘L’Homme’ examines gendered knowledge and cultural ignorance; ‘Revista Crítica’ focuses on colonial Goa; ‘New Literary Observer’ considers dignity; ‘Poeteka’ compares Cold War bookshelves; and ‘A2’ reads Slavonic horror.

Monster events

‘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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