Radical, International and Historical
Dec
6

Transborder Data Flows

Available in Spanish. Kindly translated by Daniel Urbina Early in October, Europe’s highest court invalidated the 15-year-old “safe harbor” – an international agreement that the European Union had negotiated with the United States to loosen the EU’s Data Protection Directive of 1995[1] so…

Nov
19

Uncharted Territory: Cuba’s information sovereignty & US digital capital

Cubans repeatedly rebelled against the mono-culture of sugar that an empire of capital forced on both land and people[1]; only the Cuban Revolution of 1959 finally succeeded in overcoming this bondage.[2] However, even before attending to a new agrarian law, needed to put…

Nov
9

Behind “Big Data”

Over the last few years, the idea has taken hold that “big data” is driving far-reaching, and typically positive, change. “How Big Data Changes the Banking Industry,” “Big Data Is Transforming Medicine,” and “How Big Data Can Improve Manufacturing,” are characteristic headlines. “Big…

Oct
27

Appellate Court Ruling For Google Books: Fair Use, or Anti-Democratic Preemption?

After 11 years of battle between Google — now a unit of the just-named Alphabet conglomerate — and the Authors Guild,[1] a professional organization of published writers, the second US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Google’s book project is protected under…

Oct
19

China SWIFTly away from global banking system

China has launched its China International Payment System (CIPS), which is intended eventually to provide cross-border transactions denominated in its own currency, the Yuan or Renmimbi.[1] Why couldn’t China, and international Renmimbi users, simply rely on the already existing and well-established telecommunication system…

Oct
13

Digital Capitalism: Stagnation and Contention?

An earlier version of this article was presented to the Technology and Democracy project at CRASSH, Cambridge University, 29 September 2015.  A version without full footnotes was published at openDemocracy. The International Monetary Fund warned last week that, nearly eight years after the…