“The best way to control the opposition is to lead them.” — Vladimir Lenin

In writing this essay, I’ve come to the conclusion that the theatre of post-Cold War foreign policy can’t escape the shadow of George Orwell’s 1984. If you search for his work online, you’ll find a million and one examples of how his critique of monopolized state power has been ironically reduced to boomer-tier Facebook memes quickly distracting us away from recognizing the systemic corruptions he sought to expose. …


When India’s doctors and hospitals were scrambling to handle a devastating surge in COVID cases, the Modi government was quickly turning social media companies into their own P.R. triage centres, demanding the removal of any posts critical of the government’s pandemic response. As the country faced the prospect of lacking critical oxygen supplies, the sensible response of any Prime Minister is the cut the airways of those screaming for medical attention.

Last week, India’s IT ministry ordered Twitter to block more than 50 tweets from being seen in the country. It was then reported in The New York Times, Wall…


In 2020, there’s no law so fundamentally misunderstood as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the controversial big tech provision being sniped at from all political sides of Capitol Hill. Passed in 1996 during the dawn of the internet, this law protects any “interactive computer service” from being treated as the publisher or speaker of third-party content, such as when users violate copyright, provide sex-work and violate federal criminal law.

To put it simply, the law tries to hold the individual criminals responsible for their own crimes, shielding the establishments and their owners from being targeted unfairly. What does…


Cyberpunk, one of sci-fi’s most rebellious subgenres, is all about holding power to account. Although people focus on the glitz of advanced cybernetics, scientific advancements, and overall attitude of cool, it’s the satirical underbelly of megacorporations and superstates versus low-life space cowboys where the genre holds its love. These fictional worlds are no utopia, of course, but their daring rebels dream of one established on truth, liberty and actually living in the moment. To quote cyberpunk author O. Lemniscate: “Truth is never in the middle. Truth is where it is! In Freedom!”

It’s with these foundational values in mind that…


The COVID pandemic didn’t need to happen. Since the beginning, the Chinese government has outright rejected accusations of having deliberately concealed information related to the growth of the virus, decrying their critics as being dishonest obfuscators on the international stage.

In a stunning new report from CNN, however, official documents circulated within the party prove that China critically mishandled the early stages of the outbreak, as shown through findings leaked from Hubei’s Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). …


After a year-long Congresstional investigation into Google’s anti-competitive practices, members of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and 11 state attorneys general have filed a landmark lawsuit to finally contest the tech giant’s monopolistic control over the online marketplace.

On Tuesday, the lawsuit was filed in a Washington, D.C. courthouse under The Sherman Act, a federal statute dating back to 1890s Gilded Age where trustbusters banned companies from fixing prices or taking overreaching steps to rig the markets in their own favour, believing this control stiffled healthy competition. …


It’s no secret President Donald Trump wants an “October surprise” in his fight against former Vice President Joe Biden. Afterall, it was the hail Mary of 2016’s Comey letter pertaining to the Hillary Clinton email scandal which halved her polling lead across crucial swing states, edging the unpopular Republican candidate across the electoral finish line by mere decimals. On Wednesday, the President’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, attempted to answer these prayers by providing alleged emails and photos from Hunter Biden’s personal laptop to The New York Post. …


As the United States delves deeper into its own electoral hell world, Twitter is attempting to prevent the spread of misinformation on its network by limiting its most basic features. As reported by The New York Times, the platform is making sizable changes to retweets, warning labels, and other features to keep politicians from exploiting Silicon Valley’s democratic influence.

In the lead-up to the Nov. 3 presidential election, the company announced on Friday it will make temporary alterations to the website’s general operations of its users. At an unspecified time, Twitter will enforce timeouts on the retweet feature once a…


Written (Frantically) by James Lindsay

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked why it is that the Janglers seem to want a debate or discussion about their views, and I’ve been meaning to avoid something like this for ages, probably a year at this point. Surely you’ll have noticed that I don’t tend to engage in debates or conversation?

It is not, as many think, a fraudulent or illegitimate grift into the realm of cock and ball torture — or otherwise of losing the debate or looking bad in the challenging battle of ideas — that prevents my internalized self-doubt on the…


Facebook, the world’s most invasive social media giant, is preparing to sue the European Commission over supposed privacy violations, seeking to limit their anti-trust investigation from accessing thousands of internal documents related to employee conduct if they contain any of their designated 2,500 search phrases, according to their statement on Monday.

As reported by The EU Observer, the lawsuit aims to limit regulators to their original goal of investigating how Facebook handles user data and it competes with other social companies in the marketplace, believing these internal documents are irrelevant to the case. Since December of 2019, the company has…

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