Campaign Financing, politics, Social Problems

Opinion: More Money, More Problems for Democracy. Countering private campaign funding with public campaign funding is the most viable way to limit the political influence of the wealthy. By The Editorial Board. The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom. Feb. 1, 2020

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African-Americans, Opinion, politics, Social Problems

Opinion … Dear Candidates: Here Is What Black People Want

We long for the same things as everyone else, and yet few campaigns treat us as if our experiences matter.

By Alicia Garza

Ms. Garza, a founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, is the head of the Black Futures Lab.

May 28, 2019

During election season, I always cringe when I see candidates eating fried chicken next to a bottle of hot sauce in Harlem or taking staged photos with black leaders. These shallow symbolic gestures are not a substitute for meaningful engagement with black voters. And candidates should know that we see right through them.

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Media, politics, Technology

Facebook creates Orwellian headache as news is labelled politics. by Emily Bell Archive of political content becomes battleground between publishers and platforms. Sun 24 Jun 2018. Facebook logo reflected in a person’s eye Should companies such as Facebook just rely far more heavily on human judgment or should they leave it to algorithms? George Orwell wrote in his essay Politics and the English Language: “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics’. All issues are political issues.” When Facebook constructed a new archive of political advertising, had it thought a little more about this concept of what is “political”, it might have more accurately anticipated the subsequent Orwellian headache. As it is, journalists are finding their articles restricted from promotion because they are lumped in with campaigning materials from politicians, lobby groups and advocacy organisations.

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