Monopolies cost Americans $300 a month. We’re no longer the land of free markets | Thomas Philippon

In a reversal from a few decades ago, American consumers are facing oligopolies while Europeans benefit from competitionWhen I landed in Boston in 1999, the United States was the land of free markets. Many goods and services were cheaper here than in E…

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A Chinese digital currency is the real threat, not Facebook’s Libra | Kenneth Rogoff

Western governments need to start thinking about their response to currencies they cannot controlThe Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, was at least half right when he recently told Congress that there was no US monopoly on regulation of next-g…

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Targeted ads are one of the world’s most destructive trends. Here’s why | Arwa Mahdawi

They have led to a proliferation of fake news and clickbait, fuelled surveillance capitalism and normalised pervasive tracking and data-mining. Then there’s their effect on democracy …We have been arguing about political advertising on social media a…

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Ignore Zuckerberg’s self-serving rubbish. Facebook must be regulated | Simon Jenkins

Intrusion, bullying, obscenity, extremism: we must define what ‘online harm’ means and take action to eradicate itLet us be grateful for small mercies. Thank you Twitter for banning political advertising. Given that such advertising is by its nature bi…

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WhatsApp sues Israeli firm, accusing it of hacking activists’ phones

NSO Group’s spyware allegedly used in cyber-attacks on lawyers and journalistsWhatsApp has launched an unprecedented lawsuit against a cyber weapons firm which it has accused of being behind secret attacks on more than 100 human rights activists, lawye…

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