The big meaning behind big data

This week, I attended an event staged by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, at which a collection of journalists and academics met to discuss the implications of big data for responsible journalism and government. Their thoughts on the topic generally expressed outrage and shock at the extent of the NSA/GCHQ scandal, as …

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Realpolitik – the idealist’s bane and Iran’s opportunity

Regrettably illness has delayed this post, but I have for a while now been meaning to introduce a topic that I find to be of great interest. I hope that the concept’s pervasive influence in all matters of foreign affairs might be more obvious for my efforts. I am speaking of ‘Realpolitik’. The term refers …

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Freedom of speech, freedom from harassment

Recently, I heard news about issues in Venezuela over the liberties of the press. The strife in relations between the industry and the State represents President Maduro’s fierce campaign to promote his government and that of Hugo Chavez before him. TV channels and publications that openly criticise the Government are frequently put under pressure to …

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