U.S. Chip War version 2: Decoupling from China or declaring war?
The U.S. has gambled big in its latest, across-the-board sanctions on Chinese companies in the semiconductor industry, believing it can kneecap China and retain its global dominance.
Washington Post calls for censoring Chinese media, praises purge of Russian outlets
The Washington Post–owned by billionaire oligarch Jeff Bezos, who has CIA and Pentagon contracts–has called for censoring Chinese news outlets on social media, while praising Silicon Valley for purging Russian publications.
New McCarthyism silences the Black and other Radical Left
Socialists, anti-imperialists, anti-war activists, Black radicals, and other independent alternative voices who challenge mainstream media and its political culture are being explicitly targeted by Liberals and Big Tech in a censorship campaign akin to the McCarthy era.
Dossier No. 46: Big Tech and the current challenges facing the class struggle
We cannot give ourselves the luxury of being technophobic, of negating the importance of technologies and their potential in the struggle. At the same time, we cannot believe in the idea that technology in itself will result in advances for the organised working class.
Globalization and its big data: the historical record in financial markets
In the 19th Century, “hypothecations” provided investors with valuable information on sovereign fiscal resources.
U.S. media support tech regulation—unless it comes from China
Recently, U.S. media have been aghast at legislation affecting China’s tech sector.
The Techfare state: The ‘new’ face of neoliberal state regulation
recent article in the New York Times takes aim at ‘How Big Tech Won the Pandemic’, highlighting how in the last year alone, Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook posted a combined revenue of more than $1.2 trillion.
Digital colonialism: the evolution of American empire
American “Big Tech” corporations are gaining massive profits through their control over business, labor, social media and entertainment in the Global South.
Struggling for ecosocialism in the time of Elon Musk
Elon Musk has been pronounced the wealthiest person on earth, slightly overtaking Jeff Bezos. Musk is known for his unhinged outbursts online and generally bizarre behaviour. In this respect, he epitomises the increasing craziness of capitalism.
Big tech support for racial justice is more talk than action
In the month following the May 25th death of George Floyd, the largest technology companies collectively pledged more than a billion dollars in support of racial justice. Sounds like a lot of money, but for these companies it is pocket change.