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Meet the Lobbyist Next Door

Meet the Lobbyist Next Door

The click-per-payment model, DiResta says, may also change influencers’ behavior—creating the “incentive to produce and amplify content in the most inflammatory way possible in order to drive the audience to take an action.” But at the most fundamental level, researchers voiced a concern about the potential for deception in civic discourse. DiResta said, “I don’t …

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The Loneliness of the Junior College Esports Coach

The Loneliness of the Junior College Esports Coach

The school’s hiring board, he says she explained, didn’t feel it possessed enough data to determine the esports program’s utility to the college. So it couldn’t justify offering Marquer a full-time coaching position, or any sort of increased compensation. His $15,000-a-year contract would automatically renew in early June, and they would try to have another …

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Volodymyr Zelensky on War, Technology, and the Future of Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelensky on War, Technology, and the Future of Ukraine

Ever since Russian forces started their all-out invasion in February, Ukraine has been hailed as an exemplar of how to defend against violent tyranny on the 21st-century battlefield. The country spun up an “IT Army” of volunteer hackers to take down Russian websites, used the Starlink satellite internet system to maintain communications as its own …

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The Multifarious Multiplexity of Taika Waititi

The Multifarious Multiplexity of Taika Waititi

About seven minutes into my second conversation with the actor, writer, and director Taika Waititi, he confessed, somewhat abruptly, that he doesn’t like being around people. There was “absolutely nothing loaded” about the remark, he assured me—but he also seemed to mean it. “It’s just really draining,” he said. “With whoever—it doesn’t matter who. Even …

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'How Are They Weapons?  That's Only a Flashlight!'

‘How Are They Weapons? That’s Only a Flashlight!’

By late August, as the government continued to stonewall the protesters’ growing demands, many young people became more desperate. They routinely relied on Molotovs, bonfires, bricks, lighter fluid, and anything metal to shatter windows. After one officer shot and wounded a young protester in the gut, a protester elsewhere lit a man afire. The tension …

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The Web3 Movement's Quest to Build a 'Can't Be Evil' Internet

The Web3 Movement’s Quest to Build a ‘Can’t Be Evil’ Internet

Owocki was something of a rockstar at the conference. He is credited with coining the term BUIDL in 2017. Admirers approached him nonstop to talk, express their support, or ask for a copy of his book, GreenPilled: How Crypto Can Regenerate the World, which was the talk of the conference and quickly sold out of …

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