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Today that trade has exploded into a data industrial complex. Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponized against us with military efficiency.

Tim Cook

The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks

Christopher Hitchens
Barbed Wire

Thirty Years ago today, Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I remember this well. His words resonated for a young teacher... ... and the boy asks: "What have you done with my future..." And then I explained to him how naive we were, that the world did know and remain silent. And that is why I swore never…

Resisting our slide in to stupidity... An outstanding discussion worthy of your time and attention. In this episode of the Waking Up podcast from early July this year,  Sam Harris talks to biologist David Krakauer about information, complex systems, and the future of humanity. Information, Complexity,Intelligence M cubed Mayhem...

The Lowy Institute Interpreter has highlighted a new video from Vox giving a simple, quick and easy breakdown of Iran's government and upcoming parliamentary elections that will be held on 26 February. They say: Often Western media portrays Iran as just another top-down dictatorship with 'no politics to speak of', but there is real ideological 'tussle' within the Islamic Republic and its complex institutions. Iran…

The Future of History An excellent interview by @onthemedia with Vint Cerf @vgcerf . The challenge of storing, archiving and retrieving data over time is not new. This challenges every individual with their tens of thousands of family "snaps", every small business with their electronic accounts and customer databases and certainly every organisation and government producing "oceans" perhaps "galaxies" of data, content…

Wilfred Owen

Now, more than ever, Education. So many emotions surround the senseless and barbaric acts that occurred in Paris this week. The tragic loss of life is simply unforgivable. There appears no defence against those secured in their delusional certainty by theocracy. As talk of further conflict escalates, one further example of the collateral [and more subtle] damage is closer to…

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