We need to build a new social contract for the digital age | Kevin Keith

“Raise your hands if you trust Facebook, if you trust Google, if you trust government.” It was spring 2017, and I was leading a debate with young people in Canberra. “Has anybody heard of Cambridge Analytica?” Heads shook. I explained behavioural communication. How Cambridge Analytica built “psychographics” from Facebook data to measure personality and motivation …

Despite fears over Law and Justice, Poland is not sliding into dictatorship | Karolina Wigura

Two weeks ago, streets in Warsaw and other Polish cities filled with people wearing black. They were protesting against a law aimed at restricting abortion rights further. The colour symbolised the anger and grief of women who suffer. This legislation, if fully implemented, will in effect force some women to give birth to terminally ill …

Algorithms have become so powerful we need a robust, Europe-wide response | Marietje Schaake

After a debate in the European parliament, I usually upload my intervention to YouTube, as well as to my own website. It creates transparency and an online archive of my work as an MEP. About a year and a half ago, I was told a video I’d uploaded had been taken down. This was puzzling. …

Wednesday briefing: London violence is ‘worst I’ve seen’, MP says

Good morning. I’m Martin Farrer and these are the top stories this Wednesday. Young black people are risking their lives in the battle over London’s cocaine trade while white people enjoy the “decriminalisation” of the drug in the city’s affluent areas, Labour MP David Lammy has said in the wake of the latest murder in …

Commonwealth Games program lists England as African nation

A 130-page program for the Commonwealth Games has accidentally listed England as an African country. The program, which includes profiles on the 71 Commonwealth Games nations, labels England’s capital as “Banjul” with a population of two million. The capital city of England is London which has a population of more than 66 million people. Banjul …

Europe Edition: Britain, Kosovo, Sweater Guy: Your Wednesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. A shooting at YouTube, hope in Kosovo and an itinerant celebrity knitter. Here’s the latest: Simon Dawson/Reuters • Britain’s opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, reignited a fading crisis over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party by celebrating Passover with a self-described radical leftist Jewish group …