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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Myanmar, a coup of the digital age

There was a time, the second industrial revolution being already well under way, when the first targets to be captured by anyone plotting a coup against legitimate governments were the main telephone exchange and the odd radio transmitter. Later it became television. The coup d’état being perpetrated by the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega China, the US and the EU: three ways of confronting Big Tech

There is a general mobilisation on the part of states and governments against the power of Big Tech, the great technological monopolies or oligopolies, from the US, cradle of these corporations in the West, to Brussels (and London), but also China. The World Economic Forum, in its latest Global [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The alliance for democracy must start at home

For some years now democracies in general have experienced tough times, and the best illustration is Donald Trump’s attempt to cling on to the White House despite having lost the election to Joe Biden. The insurrection, involving a brutal assault on the Capitol by a mob incited by Trump [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Four years on: the world has changed for Biden (and for everyone)

Joe Biden has a long track record in foreign policy, security and intelligence matters with his years in the Senate and eight years serving as Barack Obama’s Vice President. But during the Trump regime the world has changed in various important ways, which the new President will need to [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega QAnon: the religion of conspiracy

No one knows who Q is, but he has engendered a conspiracy movement in the US (accompanied by reflections, or refractions, in Europe that require monitoring) that predates the pandemic but has grown spectacularly amid the lockdowns and the economic and social crises. Is he an individual or a [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The TikTok war

The geo-technological fallout from the TikTok war goes much further than the possible impact of the bans that are starting to be imposed on the app, which is used to exchange short videos and is owned by Chinese capital. The ban, first in India, and possibly to be followed [...]

Digital rights: a necessary, yet not sufficient framework

Spain’s Government set in for the first time, in June 2020, the elaboration process of the Charter on Digital Rights with an Expert Group composed of jurists, users’ representatives, academics, and cybersecurity and technology consultants. The goal: to round out digital rights which have not been yet embraced by [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Russian bots: plenty of interference, but little influence?

A host of studies report the growth of misinformation –from various sources– and fake news disseminated through social media and other means of transmission. But fewer focus on its real impact, something that could be less significant than supposed. Ultimately, Russian, Chinese and other bots may lead to a [...]

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