Evgeny Morozov

Evgeny Morozov


There are useful idiots. Look around.

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I'm curious as to what kind of people go to a data protection conference to enjoy a session - organized by Uber - on the algorithmic regulation of transportation

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The entirety of their understanding of technology (in this essay anyway) is shaped by two highly abstract and theoretical texts, from 2009 (!), with no pretension to understand the actual dynamics of capital, in the tech sector or outside

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My diagnosis of this kind of thought, in the Zuboff review, as a faux-radical version of functionalism seems correct: there's a teleological assumption about what drives capitalism and its consituent elements and no reality is allowed to intrude if it doesn't bolster the thesis.

In case you were wondering why you are so stressed & depressed

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The latest edition of @syllabus_tweets : - Machinic dispossession in Amazon warehouses - American toilet-building & empire - The militaristic discourse of Gamergate - The impossibility of evolutionary psychology - Corporate appropriation of personhood more:

This week, our resident cyberflâneur over at @syllabus_tweets  is Paul Mason@paulmasonnews ). Check his great selections and comments here

The Intellectual edition of @syllabus_tweets  this week: -Contesting neoliberalism in Irving Welsh's Trainspotting -Alfred Adler's influence in the US & UK -William Carlos Williams &the cult of the new -Althusser's receiption in Argentina And more:

The Cosmopolitan edition of @syllabus_tweets  this week: - China's neo-socialist governmentality - Egypt's feminist counterpublic - The trajectory of South Africa's industrial development - World War II and pro-state mobilization in Putin's Russia More:

If you use "entrepreneur" as a verb often enough, you will eventually trigger some powerful innovations in the field of bullsh*t studies

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How many fascist salutes on the streets of Spain does it take for Europe to speak up? Or they only condemn it in Hungary, Poland, etc?

In case you are wondering what "smart" - as in "smart city" or "smart home" - means: Surveillance Marketed As Revolutionary Technology

2009: The blockchain will undermine central power! 2019: The blockchain will help Facebook to undermine the central power of the state by using the rhetoric of decentralization to actually centralize power in its own hands. A decade of utter confusion.

The world in 2017: MasterCard wants to know if refugee camps can be turned into smart cities.

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I've translated this chart of the Davos's crowd 5 priorities for 2017 into human language

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My latest: What the Epstein case tells us about the moral bankruptcy of our techno-elites

Let's hope that one day the Greek banks will become as clean & corruption-free as the German ones!

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How many neoliberals does it take to change a lightbulb? 3: one to privatize the grid, one to celebrate darkness, one to blame socialists

Wow: Mining $1 worth of Bitcoin entails almost $0.5 in human and environmental costs. This new paper on the environmental and health impacts of cryptocurrency mining is amazing. (via ) @syllabus_tweets 

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That America has been living in eternal sacrifice, putting its interests second to everyone else's, comes as shocking news to the rest of us

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