The assault we face is driven by the exceptional appetites of a wholly new genus of capitalism: surveillance capitalism.

Google as a Fortune Teller : The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism

Governmental control is nothing compared to what Google is up to. The company is creating a wholly new genus of capitalism, a systemic coherent new logic of accumulation we should call surveillance capitalism. Is there nothing we can do?surveillance capitalism
Opposition everywhere: Taxi drivers in Brussels take action against Uber in early March.

The Sharing Economy : Disruption’s Tragic Flaw

The case of Uber shows why European companies should not follow the example of their American competitors too closely. It pays to take the needs of customers and contractors into account.
Steady Surveillance could solve problems

Digital Surveillance : Like clueless guinea pigs

IT-Bosses tell us that all our problems can be solved by collecting information. The more you give, the more you get. But then there is only „social physics“ instead of politics left.

Antisemitismus-Kommentar : Wir sollten alle Kippa tragen

In Berlin wird ein Mann auf der Straße attackiert, weil er eine Kippa trägt. Wie er sich gefühlt haben muss und was einem in dieser Sache die Augen öffnet, steht bereits in einem Roman von 1955.

Pulitzer-Kommentar : Debattle-Rap

Auch die künstlerische Qualität von Rap kann man nach klassischen Kriterien bemessen. Da schneidet Kendrick Lamar hervorragend ab – und Kollegah als trübe Tasse.

Nationalhymnen : Intermezzo

Beim Thema Nationalhymne ging es hierzulande gerade um die Frage, ob der Text auch „gendergerecht“ sei. Die Tschechen haben ein ganz anderes Problem: Ihr Lied ist einfach zu kurz.

Romantiker Coleridge : Ewiger Rausch

Wer des Dichters Samuel Taylor Coleridge gedenken wollte, begab sich bis vor Kurzem zur St. Michael’s-Kirche in Highgate im Norden Londons. Jetzt ist der Sarg des Romantikers aufgetaucht – an verblüffender Stelle.

Echo-Kommentar : Preissturz

Jetzt sollen wir uns auch noch an den Antisemitismus gewöhnen: Warum die Entscheidung der Echo-Jury falsch war und Campino richtig liegt.
Technology replacing humans? Or humans working with technology: Who owns the future?

Digital Economy : The human factor

Will human workers become redundant in the future? It is not technology that eliminates jobs, but business interests. A plea against an economy of contempt.
We ourselves laid out the bait now used to trap us.

Google Debate : Our weapons in the digital battle for freedom

It was only possible to install the neofeudalist Google monopoly with assistance from traditional publishing houses. Recognizing this complicity is the key to toppling the tyrant. The means to liberation from digital servitude are at hand. We can free ourselves if only we take them up.

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  • There’s a lot at stake: Francisco Pinto Balsemão

    Google Debate : The Competition Commissioner is Wrong

    In a letter published in this newspaper, the European Commissioner Joaquín Almunia has claimed that he would limit the power of Google. But this is precisely what he fails to do. Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Chairman of the European Publishers Council, responds to his letter.
  • We have to draw conclusions from the ruling against Google and formulate new policies for the digital age: Sigmar Gabriel, Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and Chairman Social Democratic Party (SPD) of Germany

    Sigmar Gabriel : Political consequences of the Google debate

    We have discussed the issue widely and shall now take action. The ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) against Google has acted as a catalyst. It has made us realise that information capitalism calls the entire market economy system into question. Europe will succeed in finding a solution to this problem. An announcement.
  • As if interests of his business stand for the entire Web and Internet: Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt

    Response to Mathias Döpfner : Dark Google

    We witness the rise of a new absolute power. Google transfers its radical politics from cyberspace to reality. It will earn its money by knowing, manipulating, controlling the reality and cutting it into the tiniest pieces.
  • Jaron Lanier points out possibilities to resist the seemingly almighty Google.

    Almighty Google : Whoever owns our data will determine our fate

    Mathias Döpfner, Chief Executive Officer of Axel Springer AG, warned of the danger of Google’s omnipotence. No country will be able to wrestle down the monopolist by means of regulation. Some possibilities to limit Google’s power, however, remain.