Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit enters the secretive world of the surveillance industry. Spy Merchants reveals for the first time how highly-invasive spyware, which can capture the electronic communications of a town, can be purchased in a 'grey market’ where regulations are ignored or bypassed. Mass surveillance equipment can then be sold onto authoritarian governments, criminals or even terrorists.
An investigation dossier by Al Jazeera
This is the story behind the failure to capture the attention of the gaming audience - what should have been a playful deception about creative rights became an example of what not to pull in the current media climate. Waypoint's editorial is an insightful perspective on the team's original intention for Tokyo42 marketing campaign and its real consequences.
How the aspirational class expresses its status in an age of inequality? In this bleak new landscape, strivers haven’t disappeared—they have simply reoriented themselves around a new set of values that bolster their class position in less noticeable ways.
The new boutiques hotels put aside big teams of servants and puts forth entertainment and visual enticement. The trend is quickly taking over hotel chains throughout the world. Take a closer look at PUBLIC Hotel, one of the star players in the new wave of hospitality.
The apathetic children began showing up in Swedish emergency rooms in the early two-thousands. Their parents were convinced that they were dying. Of what, they didn’t know; they worried about cholera or some unknown plague. Soon patients with the condition filled all the beds in Stockholm’s only psychiatric inpatient unit for children, at Karolinska University Hospital. Göran Bodegård, the director of the unit, told me that he felt claustrophobic when he entered the rooms. “An atmosphere of Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ lingered around the child,” he said. The blinds were drawn, and the lights were off. The mothers whispered, rarely spoke to their sick children, and stared into the darkness.
Forty-two years on, another group of scientists gathered at Asilomar. They discussed the possibility of a superintelligence that could somehow escape human control, and at the end of the month, the conference organizers unveiled a set of guidelines, signed by attendees and other AI luminaries, that aim to prevent this possible dystopia. But the researchers at Asilomar were also concerned with more immediate matters: the effect of AI on the economy.
Despite the rise of Airbnb striking fear into the hearts of hoteliers, small independent hotels can co-exist with the homestay giant – but they have to be smart about it.We highlight a few intelligent examples and look to the future of the city stay.
It certainly took everyone in India by surprise. But then, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a flair for the dramatic. In an unexpected primetime address on Tuesday October 8th, he announced that in a few hours, millions of high-denomination currency notes would no longer be legal tender...
Access full article
Written by Mihir Sharma for Bloomberg View