An email exchange with Financial Times assistant editor Gillian Tett prompts reflections on the profit motive, technology, inequality and moral blindness. Tett takes the lead role, with guest appearances by Adam Smith, Silvio Berlusconi, and “Amalgamated Product Giant Shipping Worldwide Inc”.
On Wednesday March 26th, the day before US President Obama formally announced his intention to end the NSA's bulk collection of data, Josh Booth spoke to the Guardian's editor Alan Rusbridger about press freedom, spies, and how not to hide journalism behind a paywall. Related: read Nicholas Mulder's piece on democracy and the national security state
Baroness Onora O'Neill speaks to the Review about the Leveson Inquiry, the GCHQ/NSA scandal, the ethics of extra-territorial publication, and the Internet as an arena of power.
At first glance, experiments suggesting that business and economics majors lie more than others provide material for yet another indictment of academic economics. But the experiments also point beyond themselves to a much more recent development - one that implicates Udacity founder and Google Glass pioneer Sebastian Thrun - and to another more complex story involving bombs, the Ford motor company, and the self-fulfilling prophecy.
The irony was delicious. The Mail runs a story headlined “Kate puts her baby bump on parade”, mixing an attack on Hilary Mantel's alleged literary offensive against the Duchess with incessant cooing over Middleton's “gently swelling stomach”.
A fortnight ago Eric Schmidt took to the stage in Cambridge to preach hellfire and brimstone. He opened by describing a dystopian society shut off from the world - one whose population is kept in ignorance by an all-powerful state.