South Africa Farm Murders: Stefan Smit killed following land grabs dispute

A taste of things to come in the USA... Smit had gained something of a national profile after he was interviewed by the New York Times in March, speaking to the publication about the threat of land grabs on his property. The wine merchant had previously complained about how citizens from a nearby township had …

With Technology, Institutions Have Made ‘Most Effective Means of Social Control in the History of Our Species’

"We're in the midst of the greatest redistribution of power since the Industrial Revolution, and this is happening because technology has provided a new capability," Snowden said. ... Institutions can "monitor and record private activities of people on a scale that's broad enough that we can say it's close to all-powerful," said Snowden. They do …

FACING A FUTURE WITH ORGANIZED WEAPONIZATION OF SOCIAL MEDIA

The capabilities and capacities of actors to push content into the information environment depends on the timely and calibrated use of available communication tools. The objective is to manage the perception of the targeted audiences — electorates, civil societies, or the public sector — to influence policy-makers. Propagandists now exercise increasing sophistication in their communications, …