Ian Richardson

Entries by Ian Richardson

Edward Snowden: An Unwitting Instrument Of Social Control

(6) Comments | Posted August 4, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Leaving aside the principled and brave actions of Edward Snowden in recent weeks, the irony of his revelations is that, rather than liberating people from the effects of systemic surveillance and distrust, they'll produce even greater levels of public compliance and social control. In the first instance, it's unlikely we'll...

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Chantilly Laced: Holding Bilderberg and the Transnational Policy Elite to Account

(7) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 12:38 PM

If reports are to be believed, the great and the good of the Atlantic policy community are once again gathered for the annual Bilderberg conference. The town of Chantilly, Va. -- a stone's throw from Washington, D.C. -- is playing host to the event ensuring, in the middle of a...

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The World Economic Forum's Great Transformation: Collaboration and the Seductive Fairytale of Davos

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 10:43 AM

As Davos prepares for its annual influx of the world's power elite, we should ready ourselves for the now customary diet of star-struck, fawning and unquestioning coverage on the part of the world's media. A fascination with the number of private jets, chauffeured limousines, extortionate hotel prices and ludicrous fondue...

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Curtailing the Social Network Threat - David Cameron and the Self Preservation "Big Society"

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2011 | 7:00 PM

A puzzling aspect of the civil unrest galvanized during the Arab Spring by communications technology, and social media in particular, is that - until last week - its "democratising" effects seemed largely confined to non-liberal states. In those countries with a reputation for freedom of speech, the closest the media...

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Bilderberg, Elite Consensus and the Media

(4) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 7:28 AM

In case you hadn't noticed, the annual gathering of the transatlantic power elite took place in St. Moritz in June and passed by without too much fuss. Sure, awareness of Bilderberg is increasing, and the crowds outside the event grow each year, but as the glare of publicity shines with...

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