In regulating spaces for public discourse, states have to keep in mind that different platforms have different functions. Some companies act as access providers by allowing users to access social media sites without a data plan. Others host user-generated content, aggregate information and enable searches, and use algorithms to recommend certain content. Depending on the function, the responsibilities of platforms vary. The higher the risks, the tighter the obligations of companies. … [Read more...] about Twitter and QAnon: when should freedom of speech be free?
Why economic freedom is important
By spring of 2017, however, a consensus formed in favor of the first hypothesis: In a few razor-tight swing-state races, Obama-Trump voters were decisive. Now, the only question was whether Democrats should care. In the Washington Post last week, Dana Milbank answered in the negative: New data from the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group showed that there were fewer Obama-to-Trump voters than popularly believed, and that most of these voters were less Trump Democrats than they were “Obama Republicans” — people who were willing to turn left to express their displeasure with the smoldering ruins of the George W. Bush presidency, but who are otherwise more at home in Red America. … [Read more...] about Trump Democrats Are Rare — But Electorally Important
Political activist Angela Davis pictured in 1974 (left). Davis was a longtime member of the Communist Party USA. When studying in Frankfurt, Germany, the US-bored activist returned to her home country and became involved in number causes, including the second-wave feminist movement and the Black Panther party. Right, a woman leads speeches at the Poor People's March at Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial on June 19, 1968. The year long campaign, organised by Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, calling for an end to economic injustice … [Read more...] about Colorized images of the March on Washington and MLK’s speeches breathe new life into America’s most important civil rights events of the last 100 years
Associate Professor Gery Karantzas, director of the Science of Adult Relationships Laboratory at Deakin University, says that even in egalitarian relationships, roles and responsibilities may need to shift. “It doesn’t mean things are uneven, just that they are redistributed,” he says. He adds that a willingness to adapt the rules and norms within a relationship to meet new circumstances are as crucial as clear communication. … [Read more...] about Suddenly single income: ‘If you take a step back and look at it structurally, you become more forgiving’
In contrast with the US economy, where firms borrow on bond markets, lending in Europe is driven by banks. The ECB has found a new way to stimulate the economy by creating a tiered system of interest rates. If banks lend to business, they can now do so with funds from the so-called TLTRO facility that the ECB pays them to borrow from. This subsidy to bank lending has not been enough to prevent a worrying slide towards deflation, but it has worked in ensuring that credit flow has not collapsed. … [Read more...] about The world’s central banks are starting to experiment. But what comes next?