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Smiley-faced monopolists

For Facebook, Amazon and Google, we have traded our privacy for something we find useful and put on hold our support for ethical shopping in exchange for the ease of low (or no) price and almost-instant gratification. This month’s magazine looks at just how far down the line we are and asks how deeply exploitative and anti-democratic is this new ‘surveillance capitalism’ under which we now live. This month’s contributors include security expert Bruce Schneier, psychologist Robert Epstein and engineer and software activist Prabir Purkayastha.

July 2016, Issue 494

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  • Smiley-faced monopolists: how Google, Facebook and Amazon won the world

    Smiley-faced monopolists: how Google, Facebook and Amazon won the world

    Does it matter that these titans are so successful? Vanessa Baird examines what their domination means for all of us.

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  • Can search engine rankings swing elections?

    Can search engine rankings swing elections?

    Research psychologist Robert Epstein on how the new technologies invisibly shape public opinion – and what we must do about it.

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  • No, Mr Zuckerberg: India's fight for freedom against Facebook

    No, Mr Zuckerberg: India's fight for freedom against Facebook

    Few can resist the tech titans. Prabir Purkayastha tells the story of Indians who went into battle against Facebook, for freedom – and won.

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  • Helping in two clicks: how digital technology is making INGOs irrelevant

    Helping in two clicks: how digital technology is making INGOs irrelevant

    Why bother with aid agencies? To ‘do good’ all you need is a phone and Google Maps. Amy Hall takes a closer look at the rising trend in ‘direct giving’.

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  • Beating the digital titans

    Beating the digital titans

    You can take action at a practical and technological level – and a political one.

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  • Country profile: The Bahamas

    Country profile: The Bahamas

    Kelsi Farrington on the truth behind the holiday-brochure images.

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  • Franco's ghosts

    Franco's ghosts

    The dictator’s victims are still waiting to see their torturers on trial – and time is running out. By Mira Galanova.

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  • 'I will never give up my land'

    'I will never give up my land'

    Roxana Olivera talks to Goldman Environment Prize winner Máxima Acuña.

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  • Malaysia’s slide from pseudo-democracy toward authoritarianism

    Malaysia’s slide from pseudo-democracy toward authoritarianism

    The story is a complex web of deceit, connecting the ruling elite, royalty, investment banks and offshore tax havens. Nithin Coca reports.

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  • What's not for sale in branded America?

    What's not for sale in branded America?

    Mark Engler bemoans the corporate colonization of public space.

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  • Open Window July 2016

    Open Window July 2016

    This month's guest cartoonist is Payam Boromand from Iran.

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  • Mixed Media: Books

    Mixed Media: Books

    Our pick of the recent releases.

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  • Mixed Media: Music

    Mixed Media: Music

    Louise Gray's pick of the latest releases.

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