Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground

The US, UK, and Australia take on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method to protect our personal information Edward Snowden is a US surveillance whistleblower by Edward Snowden edited by O Society October 16, 2019 In every country of the world, the security of computers keeps the lights on, the shelves stocked, … Continue reading Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground

We Cannot Rely on Corporations to Reform Themselves; We Must Challenge Their Power

Voluntary pledges might make CEOs feel good about themselves, but they will not get us out of the mess we are in. by Michelle Meagher edited by O Society October 2, 2019 It is almost as if we were not meant to notice. Last month the influential Business Roundtable released a letter, signed by 183 Chief … Continue reading We Cannot Rely on Corporations to Reform Themselves; We Must Challenge Their Power

The Belief Corporate Ownership Does Not Influence Media Content Strains Crediblity

by Alison Levy edited by O Society September 18, 2019 Corporate ownership of media interferes with the core societal function of the press: reporting and investigating key issues at the intersection of public need and governance. And nowhere is that more critical than when it comes to climate. Due to their corporate conflicts of interest, trusted … Continue reading The Belief Corporate Ownership Does Not Influence Media Content Strains Crediblity

When False Claims Are Repeated, We Start To Believe They Are True

by Matthew Warren edited by O Society September 12, 2019 If you hear an unfounded statement often enough, you might just start believing it’s true. This phenomenon, known as the “illusory truth effect,” is exploited by politicians and advertisers — and if you think you are immune to it, you’re probably wrong. Earlier this year we reported … Continue reading When False Claims Are Repeated, We Start To Believe They Are True

You’ll Never Be Lonely Again

by Helen Buyniski edited by O Society September 10, 2019 The pathologization of emotion has been on the march for decades, especially in the US, where fully one sixth of the adult population takes an antidepressant or other psychiatric drug. But with depression “conquered” by medication - even as both diagnosis rates and suicides are at … Continue reading You’ll Never Be Lonely Again

Artificial Memories Created in Laboratory Mice

The growing science of memory manipulation raises social and ethical questions by Robert Martone edited by O Society September 3, 2019 We learn from our personal interaction with the world, and our memories of those experiences help guide our behaviors. Experience and memory are inexorably linked, or at least they seemed to be before a recent … Continue reading Artificial Memories Created in Laboratory Mice

Privacy is Power

https://youtu.be/GMMurru_M4k by Carissa Véliz edited by O Society August 2, 2019 Imagine having a master key for your life. A key or password that gives access to the front door to your home, your bedroom, your diary, your computer, your phone, your car, your safe deposit, your health records. Would you go around making copies of … Continue reading Privacy is Power