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Public debate, public governance: what's missing from the Sidewalk Labs project | What's Left Issue 110

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Aug 17, 2019 12:56 PM
The dog days of summer saw a new development in what some are calling a new world-historical event, and not in a good way. It is the creation of Sidewalk Labs on the Toronto waterfront through an "innovative" (one hears this word a lot) and perhaps unholy alliance between the Alphabet subsidiary (Alphabet is both Google's and Sidewalk Labs' parent company) and an odd bird of municipal governance, Waterfront Toronto.

What's Left 2018-03-22 Volume 105

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Aug 14, 2018 08:47 AM
Citizens’ Press sat down with five commentators to discuss the current Facebook scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. The dialogue has been edited and presented here to help inform the broader discussion of Facebook on the left.

Apologists, failure, and always being wrong about privatization | What's Left 2018-01-21 Volume 104

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Jan 21, 2018 10:11 PM
The fight against privatization is framed by liberals and the right-wing as a clear and unsubstantiated ideological position of the left. And, no matter how much research is presented exposing how privatization of state services and programs costs more and has no positive (but, in many cases negative) impacts on quality of services, the dominant narrative is privatization works. But, at this point, believing that privatization leads to increased efficiency and lower costs is akin to the denial of climate change and thinking vaccines cause Autism. Decades of real life examples, economic analysis, and trial and error policy show that there are so many ways that do not work when it comes to privatization. So, why do people still believe this nonsense?
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