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It shouldn't be man vs. machine

logo.pngIn 1811, British factory workers literally “fought the machine,” protesting against technology under the banner of mythical figurehead King Ludd. Upset about being replaced by more efficient machinery, cost-ineffective factory workers rebelled against the installation of threshing machines and other force-multipliers.

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Pascal Dusapin’s Music Tests Mind and Body

23iht-rfrcdusapin-superJumbo.jpgPARIS — With his chin-length hair, jacketed attire and focused gaze, Pascal Dusapin might be mistaken for an architect. Sitting at his tidy desk in front of a wall of books, he could also be a professor of philosophy. Except that he is mulling over the pages of an incomplete orchestral score.

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Profit and responsibility are not mutually exclusive

THE effects of the most devastating financial crisis in decades have begun to fade. But debate about the fundamentals of the global economy is far from over.

Indeed, there has been a new wave of heated discussion about whether companies should put profits or the common good first.

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Shake-Up at The New Republic: Franklin Foer and Leon Wieseltier Are Out

Leon Wieseltier said last month that The New Republic’s heritage should not be abandoned. Dan Balilty/Associated Press

Shortly after Guy Vidra joined The New Republic magazine in October as its chief executive, he gathered the staff around a conference table in its Washington offices overlooking the National Portrait Gallery.

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What is the effect of WikiLeaks for Freedom of Information?

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Although there is largely an agreement about the value of leaked information, the strategies, tactics and mistakes of WikiLeaks have gained critics.  

Many organizations agree on the undeniable value that WikiLeaks has had by indicating violations of human rights and civil liberties. ... the amount of corruption which WikiLeaks has exposed is unique in history and there is no other organization that comes close to WikiLeaks regarding exposures of misuse of power, seen as a justified way to protect democratic society and citizen against secret arbitrary government power.

However, the leaks of diplomatic cables made some civil rights organizations and activists back off with their full support for WikiLeaks. The Afghan War Diary leaks had already been harshly criticised by Reporters without Borders. They accused WikiLeaks of "incredible irresponsibility." WikiLeaks was accused of revealing the identity of hundreds of people who collaborated with the coalition in Afghanistan and making them vulnerable for further violence.

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