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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making, SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies, Human condition

    Simina Mistreanu, "Life Inside China’s Social Credit Laboratory"

    Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 3 Apr 2018

    The party’s massive experiment in ranking and monitoring Chinese citizens through a social credit system designed to promote “trustworthiness” has already started. This article describes how it works. So far, the scheme has been embraced by the communities in which it’s been tested because it only deducts points for breaking the law: it is precise in its punishment and generous in its rewards. Moving forward, it’s hard not to think of an Orwellian world in which high tech monitors everybody’s behaviour (reads in about 10 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 13 April 2018

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition, Technology, Internet

    Dylan Curran, "Are you ready? Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on you"

    The Guardian - 30 Mar 2018

    This will freak you out… The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond the limits most of us imagine. Simply put: Facebook and Google (plus many others but with fewer details) have pretty much everything on us. Nothing we did, read or consulted is ever lost… This article shows why “Surveillance capitalism” drives much of the internet. It's behind most of the "free" services, and many of the paid ones as well. Few people realize that in the US alone, there are 2,500 to 4,000 data brokers whose business is buying and selling our personal data (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 31 March 2018

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition, Wellbeing

    Teresa Iafolla, "The Key to Good Luck Is an Open Mind"

    Nautilus - 26 Mar 2018

    This is about the work of Christine Carter, a sociologist whose work demystifies the luck skillset. She shows that the “luckiest people” may have a specific set of skills that bring chance opportunities their way. She’s not alone: a lot of academic research suggests that luck could have something to do with spotting opportunities, even when they were unexpected. Luck can be learned with some basic techniques, including: being open to new experiences, learning to relax, maintaining social connections, and talking to strangers. They all have one theme in common: being more open to our environment, both physically and emotionally (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 31 March 2018

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