In praise of cash
Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike
When no ancient chat or post is beyond the grasp of Google, what matters more: the right to forget, or to be remembered?
Digital star chamber
Algorithms are producing profiles of you. What do they say? You probably don’t have the right to know
Since imperial times Chinese governments have yearned for a perfect surveillance state. Will big data now deliver it?
Cover of darkness
The cypherpunks are winning the crypto-war against government spies. What will happen when everyone is anonymous?
Predictive policing could help prevent crime. But do we want a future where computer oracles and spies track us from birth?
Reading Howl in China
My generation, once impassioned by the Western literature of rebellion, is now lulled by ‘Wealthy Socialism’
Life in the fishbowl
In the future, most people will live in a total surveillance state – and some of us might even like it
The reality show
Schizophrenics used to see demons and spirits. Now they talk about actors and hidden cameras – and make a lot of sense
Too much information
Our instincts for privacy evolved in tribal societies where walls didn't exist. No wonder we are hopeless oversharers
The machine gaze
As the boundaries between digital and physical dissolve, can the New Aesthetic help us see things more clearly?