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Lars Mensel

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Network effects

A column about the internet, technology, and everything that happens in between.

Brands are buying your friends

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The next frontier of advertisement is native. It not only means that ads will masquerade as content, it also means that you can no longer trust your friends.

24.10.2014

Show me the ideas

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When was the last time an idea changed your life?

15.10.2014

Juliane Mendelsohn

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On the Verge

Dear Mr Fukuyama, I have a problem with the fact that history has ended…
This column looks at the state of the European Dream and the law, politics and ideology of a post-2008 world.

What the law can’t fix

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The verdict in the Pistorius case is disappointing and irrational to many. But in the eyes of law, it is necessary to accept that there are moments of human behaviour that are beyond any form of rationality and irreconcilable with someone’s standard character.

23.10.2014

More of the same

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The banking union and banking resolution promise a shiny future for the EU and its common currency, but the reality looks a lot bleaker.

10.10.2014

In this together

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If solidarity is to serve political change, it must be elevated to a normative goal and enforced as a principle of law and not as a matter of choice.

03.10.2014

Emma gets it

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To this day, women are still the weaker sex. This is not only bad for women, it is bad for everyone – especially for men.

24.09.2014

Julia Korbik

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The F-Word

Pop & Politics. Seen through feminist-coloured glasses.

Among crumpled faces

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Women have to be good-looking; men don’t. Especially in Hollywood.

22.10.2014

The key to freedom

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Which social problem has been keeping us busy for 60 years, concerns everyone, but interests way too few people?

07.10.2014

Martin Eiermann

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Share Alike

“There are some who are in darkness / And the others are in light / And you see the ones in brightness / Those in darkness drop from sight.” (B. Brecht)

A political problem

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Despite all warnings, it took an infection on American soil for the West to respond to Ebola. The virus is much more than just a medical challenge.

21.10.2014

The State, Unbound

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The almost exclusive focus on the NSA obscures the degree to which surveillance has become integrated into almost every level of government. For most of us, the first point of contact with the surveillance state isn’t the NSA – it’s the local police department.

13.01.2014

The End of Innocence

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The past two months have undone the Age of Digital Innocence. It's now possible to speak of technology of power, and of the internet as a site of old-fashioned struggle.

04.08.2013

Turns of the Century

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What the protests in Brazil and Greece tell us about world history.

23.06.2013

Mark Briggs

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Channel Hopping

Keeping an eye on British politics, because “Europe” doesn’t start south of the channel.

In with the Hip

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An influx of hipsters would bring more to politics than just a snazzy dress sense.

18.10.2014

Fear and loathing in politics

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Back in 2008, Obama ran on a platform of hope. Today, that has become unthinkable – fear just seems to work so much better.

11.10.2014

No right to deny rights

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The Conservative Party plans to pull the UK out of the European Human Rights Act. This is not only absurd, it is shameful.

05.10.2014

The old ball and chain

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Why I am glad Scotland stays with us but potentially would have voted to leave the Union if given the choice.

19.09.2014

Dessislava Kirova

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This is Water

Two young fish swim along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way. The older fish nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” The two young fish swim on for a bit, eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?” – A column on the slightly intangible textures of our lifes and societies: culture, history, identity, politics and philosophy.

Thicker than blood

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I migrated to Germany when I was eight years old. Does that give me the right to call myself German and to comment on the country’s war guilt?

13.10.2014
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