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.

Spreewälder Hirsemühle : Gesinnungstest

Grotesker Boykott mit Irrwegen: Weil der Inhaber der „Spreewälder Hirsemühle“ Mitglied der AfD ist, listen namhafte Bioläden dessen Produkte aus. Empörung über die eigene Doppelmoral bleibt dagegen aus.

Dortmunder Museen : Es kostet Sie nichts

Führt der Verzicht auf Eintrittsgelder im Museum zu einem dauerhaften Anstieg der Besucherzahlen? Dortmund macht die Probe.

Tellkamps Werk und Wirken : Märchenerzähler

Es soll sich offenbar um Satire handeln: Anhand von Uwe Tellkamps neuer Erzählung lässt sich die Trennung von Werk und törichten Aussagen aufs Neue erproben.

Deutscher Buchpreis : Buchverhinderer

Was für Bücher soll der Deutsche Buchpreis prämieren? Nur die gut verkäuflichen? Darum bemüht sich zumindest eine Buchhändlerin, die in der Jury sitzt.

Literatur-Auszeichnungen : Ein politisch korrekter Nobelpreis?

Gleich zwei Nobelpreise für Literatur vergibt die Schwedische Akademie in diesem Jahr. Das hat Folgen: Die geographische und ethnische Verteilung wird jeweils argwöhnischer Prüfung unterworfen sein.
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.