Have you ever worried about sharing an honest opinion with friend on WhatsApp, or WhatsApp gaining access to the ‘encrypted’ communications? Have you worried about being listened to by the Facebook app, which it probably does not—they are just damn good at predicting your behaviour? Or, ever drafted a Facebook post, which you ended up discarding, which Facebook may retain regardless? Have you worried about sending photos via Snapchat, or Snapchat staff having access to photos?
In August 2019, the Indian rapper Badshah was widely accused of using a network of servers for the promotion of his latest music video ‘Paagal’. One day after release, this video had reached as many as 75 million views on YouTube, a record. The rapper maintains that he merely employed Google advertising to reach interested viewers. Regardless of the truth, the story showcases how money drives online media prominence.
Read more in this week’s ‘Oxford Student’, written together with Yury Kolotaev.
With decisions only a button away, the Internet fosters the convenience of immoral actions. Accountability for online actions does practically not exist. This lack of accountability is unprecedented in its severity, despite telecommunication technologies having been available for a hundred years. Ubiquitous encryption schemes facilitate illegal actions underneath the radar of the authorities and challenge their power.
Sir, last month, I first subscribed to your magazine. What I’ve found most irritating during that period is that every single issue has been headlined by Brexit since. I understand that this topic continues to attract all the attention of British politics, caused by the profound and wide implications of the subject. I also acknowledge that Brexit as such constitutes an important selling point for the struggling media industry.
In Bezug auf die nächste Mobilitätsrevolution mangelt es derzeit nicht an Ideen. Im Ausland gibt es eine Reihe von neuartigen und erfolgreichen Angeboten, allen voran die Taxiapp Uber—Warum nicht auch flächendeckend in Deutschland? Der Grund ist einfach: Das sogenannte Personenbeförderungsgesetz (PBefG) lässt keinen Platz für neue Konzepte! Um einen Überblick über die verfahrene Lage zu bieten, fasst dieser Artikel die momentane Taxireglung anschaulich in drei Säulen (Taxikonzession, Betriebspflicht, Tarifpflicht) zusammen. Dies soll weitere Diskussion motivieren.