854: Detroitus Shows

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Jamie Bartlett: “The dark net is not going to remain dark for long – more people are going to use it for various good, bad and mundane reasons, and the distinction between the dark net and the normal internet will slowly disappear.”

Technology researcher Jamie Bartlett explores the darkest parts of the internet, from assassination markets to platforms for emerging democratic activists, and explains why anonymity and internet freedom will be political and social issues for generations to come.

Jamie is author of the book The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld.

Jamie Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media and a weekly columnist for the Telegraph.

 


 

Michael Massing: “I want them to shake things up. That’s my bottom line. If you go to sites today, from Buzzfeed to Vox to 538, are these sites shaking things up?”

Journalist Michael Massing surveys the state of digital journalism, from revenue model flailing to surprisingly unsurprising news content, and suggests what journalism in the 21st century should be doing with its huge audience and advanced communication technology.

Michael has been working on a series of articles on digital journalism for the New York Review of Books. The first two pieces are Digital Journalism: How Good is it? and Digital Journalism: The Next Generation.

Michael Massing is a journalist and former executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. 

 


 

Sue Udry: “For the first time since the 1970s, we actually have a piece of legislation that is intended to act as a restraint on the intelligence agencies. A lot of members of Congress recognize that the USA Freedom act is a first step, and that they need to go much further in rolling back the authority that intelligence agencies have.”

Civil liberties advocate Sue Udry looks beyond the Patriot and USA Freedom Acts to the end of the American surveillance state, explains why the American people deserve a full audit of government spying programs, and how it will take way more than just voting to get it.

Sue wrote the article Next Step After USA Freedom: Repeal the Surveillance State for the Defending Dissent Foundation.

Sue Udry is Executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the Defending Dissent Foundation.

 


 

Dave Buchen: “The crisis we face here is the kind that prompts the question ‘Is Puerto Rico the new Greece?’ You see, the government is in debt for some $70 billion, and come the next fiscal year, there’s no money to pay off the debt or even run the government. And the next fiscal year starts in… two weeks.”

Our Man in San Juan, Dave Buchen checks in from multiple crises – economic, professional, political – with some good news (acting gigs, balcony ownership) and way more bad news (debt, tourism, corruption, colonialism, dinghies.)

Dave Buchen has been living in Puerto Rico since the previous century. There he home-schools his two kids and makes theater with Theater Oobleck, El Circo Nacional and (with aforementioned kids) El Teatro Barbaro.


 

Dianne Feeley: “What you’re supposed to do is pay the $70 for your current water bill, plus 10% of your overdue amount every month. If you can’t afford $70, you can’t afford $80 or $90. So of the 25,000 that signed up to avoid water shutoffs, only 300 are current with their water bills. So there’s going to be another round of water shutoffs in Detroit.”

Housing activist Dianne Feeley breaks down the factors behind Detroit’s looming tax foreclosure crisis, from predatory municipal tax policies to neoliberal experiments in gutting public spaces and services.

Dianne wrote the Black Agenda Report post A Hurricane without Water: Detroit’s Foreclosure Disaster.

Dianne Feeley is a retired autoworker active in Detroit Eviction Defense and an editor of Against the Current, a bi-monthly analytical journal that focuses on debates within the Left.

 


 

Jeff Dorchen: “All week long I’ve been discussing the fluidity of racial identity, and then some screwed up white boy spoils the fun by committing mass murder in a church. I know, I should have expected it.”

Jeff Dorchen figures out something about identity and society amidst the melting pot of smarmage, the politics of bafflement, Thrumonding, racial drag, patricide, one dropping, interesting person screwing, genotypecasting, and personal curation.

According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.

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