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  • BIG TECH TURNS ITS LOBBYISTS LOOSE ON EUROPE, ALARMING REGULATORS (ADAM SATARIANO)
  • In Europe, the companies are spending more than ever, hiring former government officials, well-connected law firms and consulting firms. They funded dozens of think tanks and trade associations, endowed academic positions at top universities across the continent and helped publish industry-friendly research by other firms.
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  • ASTROTURFS OF OFFENSE - AGENCY OF SHIFTING UNCERTAIN SITUATIONS (NEW MODELS)
  • Levine argues that the modern fear is no longer one of crowds so much as the presence of people who haven’t yet surrendered their autonomy to a collective—or rather, those who have but to a collective directed by an outside force whose motivations are not publicly transparent (as in astroturfing). Complicating this is the fact that the people who comprise astroturfing efforts often do hold shared beliefs; what's perceived as egregious is that they are funded by veiled outside sources such as nonprofits or individual wealth.
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  • TURN ON, TUNE IN, COP OUT (STEVEN WARWICK)
  • As we watch world events unravel largely through a media gaze, where social media tycoons profit from outrage, and Jeff Bezos is poised to become the world’s first trillionaire, we have to ask ourselves how to think toward collective solutions and agency, making sure those most vulnerable from dropping out of the system not by choice are not neglected and, when possible, avoiding lining the pockets of the 1 percent, who are locked up safely away in a fallout shelter, selfishly dropping out from any responsibility towards humanitarian crises.
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  • INVISIBLE ENEMIES (GEOFF SHULLENBERGER)
  • Reports that merely debunk false claims fail to grasp why people are willing to trespass, damage property, and risk arrest as a consequence of their beliefs.
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