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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.

Hohenzollerndebatte : Preußen gegen Jakobiner

In Berlin wurde ein Sammelband mit Beiträgen zur Debatte um die Hohenzollern vorgestellt. Einer der Herausgeber bezeichnete die Kritiker Preußens als „Stubenjakobiner*innen“. Zur Begründung berief er sich auf die Freiheit des Humoristen.

Zapfenstreich für Merkel : Das Rosenlied

Wer geht, darf sich die Abschiedsmelodien selbst zusammenstellen. Angela Merkel hat beim Großen Zapfenstreich noch einmal Überraschendes zu bieten.

Osman Kavala bleibt in Haft : Erdogans Gefangener Nummer eins

Staatspräsident Erdogan hasst zivilgesellschaftliches Engagement. Ein Istanbuler Gericht hat deshalb entschieden, dass der Kulturförderer Osman Kavala ohne Urteil im Gefängnis bleibt.

Urheberrecht im Koalitionsvertrag : Praxistauglich?

Der Koalitionsvertrag von SPD, Grünen und FDP erhebt Kultur in ihrer Vielfalt zum Staatsziel. Doch was die Urheberrechtsreform angeht, sieht es fast nach einer Rolle rückwärts aus.

Balletskandal in Berlin : Ist der Nussknacker rassistisch?

Das Staatsballett Berlin setzt den „Nussknacker” ab – weil die Darstellung der Chinesen und Orientalen darin rassistisch sei. Für wie dämlich hält man das Publikum?

Presse und Corona-Pandemie : Willkommen zum Impfkonzert

Youtube will nicht alle Videos von #allesaufdentisch verbreiten. Das lässt sich begründen. Die These, „die“ Medien machten Meinung und unterdrückten Andersdenkende, hingegen hängt in der Luft.
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.
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.

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  • 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.
  • The European Commission would not react to unfair practices at Google? Joaquín  Almunia opposes the reproach

    European Commissioner Joaquín Almunia : We discipline Google

    The European Commissioner for Competition opposes the reproach, that the European Commission would not react to unfair commercial practices at Google. On the contrary, the Commission pressured Google into making concessions.
  • 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.
  • Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE, explains to Eric Schmidt, why the fear of Google is qualified

    An open letter to Eric Schmidt : Why we fear Google

    Here for the first time, a German manager confesses his company’s total dependence on Google. What publishers are experiencing today is a sign of things to come: We will soon all belong to Google. An open letter to Eric Schmidt.
  • Evgeny Morozov’s response to Sascha Lobo : More political interference!

    The NSA-disclosures have destroyed the utopia of the internet as a medium of freedom and democracy. Instead it more and more becomes apparent that the internet is ruled by big companies and secret services. According to the publicist Evgeny Morozov a reevaluation of the medium is necessary.