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Worldcrunch Magazine #51 — A Tech Shift To The Right?

September 25 - October 1, 2023

Worldcrunch Magazine #51 — A Tech Shift To The Right?

Here's the latest edition of Worldcrunch Magazine, a selection of our best articles of the week from top international journalists, produced exclusively in English for Worldcrunch readers.


Our cover story, by Katarzyna Skiba and Valeria Berghinz for Worldcrunch, looks into how the tech world and tech giants are changing — from Poland to India, France to Argentina, Israel to the United States — and becoming more right wing. The industry, which started out in Silicon Valley and had a reputation for open-mindedness and politically progressive values, has recently had a more central role in today's economy, and has now shifted more far-right ever since the presidency of Donald Trump.

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Table of Contents

Backfire! Russia’s Games With Gas Has Become A Problem For Its War | Vazhnyye Istorii By Ekaterina Mereminskaya

Fighting The Russian Army’s Systematic Sexual Violence In Ukraine | Livy Bereg By Anna Steshenko

Every Step, Every Swipe: Inside China’s System Of Surveillance Of Uyghurs | The Initium By Huang Yi Ying

Climate Migration, A Straight Line From Libyan Floods To Lampedusa Chaos | Worldcrunch By Valeria Berghinz

Beyond Musk: Is The Right-Wing Shift Of Tech Spreading Worldwide? | Worldcrunch By Katarzyna Skiba & Valeria Berghinz

The Cuban Professionals Sent Abroad To Work, Never To Return | elTOQUE By Laura Rique Valero

Inside Ralston College, Jordan Peterson’s New Weapon In The Culture Wars | Die Welt By Sandra Ward

Butter Beware, Olive Oil Is Conquering French Kitchens | Les Echos By Laurent Guez

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Photo of a drone on the tarmac during a military exercise near Vícenice, in the Czech Republic

Drone on the tarmac during a military exercise near Vícenice, in the Czech Republic

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Things soon went awry. At that conference, Tucker Hamilton, chief of AI test and operations for the United States Air Force, seemed to describe a disturbing simulation in which an AI-enabled drone had been tasked with taking down missile sites. But when a human operator started interfering with that objective, he said, the drone killed its operator, and cut the communications system.

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