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Links 1 through 10 of 39 by Morgaine LeFaye tagged politics

When the nothing-to-hide argument is unpacked, and its underlying assumptions examined and challenged, we can see how it shifts the debate to its terms, then draws power from its unfair advantage. The nothing-to-hide argument speaks to some problems but not to others. It represents a singular and narrow way of conceiving of privacy, and it wins by excluding consideration of the other problems often raised with government security measures. When engaged directly, the nothing-to-hide argument can ensnare, for it forces the debate to focus on its narrow understanding of privacy. But when confronted with the plurality of privacy problems implicated by government data collection and use beyond surveillance and disclosure, the nothing-to-hide argument, in the end, has nothing to say.

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Responses to Lanier's essay from Douglas Rushkoff, Quentin Hardy, Yochai Benkler, Clay Shirky, Cory Doctorow, Kevin Kelly, Esther Dyson, Larry Sanger, Fernanda Viegas & Martin Wattenberg, Jimmy Wales, George Dyson, Dan Gillmor, Howard Rheingold

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The US cables released in stages by Wikileaks and several newspapers have caused a stir around the world. Anatol Lieven, professor in the War Studies Department of King's College, London, examines the impact.

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Reaction across the globe to the leaked US embassy cables has ranged from anger and bitterness to extreme indifference.

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Protests have taken place across Spain calling for the release of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is facing extradition from the UK to Sweden for alleged sexual offences. Hundreds of people gathered outside the British embassy in Madrid calling for him to be freed. Wikileaks is publishing insights from hundreds of thousands of sensitive US diplomatic and military documents. The demonstrators believe Mr Assange's detention is politically motivated.

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Bart Eeckhout, chef politiek van De Morgen, maakt de politieke tussenstand van deze week op. Met zijn essay over de toekomst van onze welvaartstaat heeft Frank Vandenbroucke een leidraad afgeleverd voor een krachtig sociaal beleid dat een antwoord biedt op vergrijzing en armoedekloof. De sp.a kan zich niet permitteren haar oud-minister te blijven negeren. Eigenlijk, meent Eeckhout, kan zelfs de hele Wetstraat dat niet.

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A New York City couple has traveled halfway around the world in the name of civic duty. Susan Scott-Ker and her husband arrived in New York on Wednesday after flying 9,300 miles to vote in Tuesday's presidential election. They have been working India but decided to return to New York when their absentee ballots failed to arrive. Their trip began in Bangalore with stopovers in New Delhi and Chicago.

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