Network effects

A column about the internet, technology, and everything that happens in between.

#ThisIsACoup...

During the Greek crisis, protest has migrated online. But who is listening?

Steeping in our own re...

There will inevitably come a point when you lose track of progress. Better to accept it now.

He’s got the look...

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis came for finance talks and made the fashion pages. Why are we so surprised when someone couples a fresh approach with a different look?

Candid Camera...

Should police officers wear cameras to clarify cases like that in Ferguson? I don’t think so.

Brands are buying your...

The next frontier of advertisement is native. It not only means that ads will masquerade as content, it also means that you can no longer trust your friends.

Show me the ideas...

When was the last time an idea changed your life?

Keeping it real...

When it comes to technology, many value authenticity over convenience. It’s not rational, but it's understandable. Here’s why.

Here's to being here ...

What if the constant recording of every nook and cranny of our daily life is helping us to be more in touch with reality rather than less?

Manipulate us!...

The internet has eliminated all things that make life unpredictable. Luckily, the large online corporations are coming to our rescue.

Ad nauseam...

We have allowed advertisers way too far into our lives. Will we pay the price?

Stressed...

We live in an age in which people love to be busy. Even if they aren’t.

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Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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