An assessment of the Trump administration’s assault on the Justice department, “the least tyrant-proof part of the government”, by a Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution.
A special issue of Wired contains several strong pieces looking at the complex freedom of speech trade-offs required in the new information era. Pieces include – the web infrastructure company Cloudflare being embroiled in a free speech debate when offering services to far-right extremists, Reddit as a case study for civil discourse online, a startup making smartphone-neutralising pouches, six stories of censorship, and a look at a database of extremists called Whack-a-Mole.
A behind the scenes account of Travis Kalanick’s defenestration from his role as Uber’s CEO. The piece provides insights into the delicate power balance between executives and their company boards. Recent events do though help to put Kalanick’s ‘fall’ in context – an investment in Uber by Japanese firm Softbank has recently been agreed, netting him an estimated $1.4bn.