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Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe by Antony Loewenstein

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The terror threat was hyped daily in the media, so a massive market existed to keep a sense of insecurity permanently afloat across the country. Wandering around the exhibition hall, I saw a Homeland Security Evidence Collection Kit for $1,000, which included a range of objects, including tweezers, a tape measure, and a urine specimen jar—apparently the perfect accessory for police authorities in the post-9/11 environment. While I was in Salt Lake City there were riots in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police killing of a young black man, Michael Brown. Television images showed a militarized police force looking as if they were equipped to face insurgents in Iraq. A Department of Defense program allowed the transfer of excess military equipment to local police forces. With massive budget hikes, local law enforcement increasingly claimed that it needed to prepare for war and terrorism.

35, 112–13, 139–40, 221 detention centers access 252–3, 299, 359n31 Australia 271, 274, 276, 278–9, 280–5, 285–305, 356n2, 357n11 conditions 66–71, 79, 299–304, 334n14, 357n11 costs 96, 281–3, 304 economic logic of privatization 289–99 Greece 64–71, 76, 77–80, 96, 98, 336n14 guards 64–5, 68–9 house rules 232–4 medical care 77–80, 266, 295 price-gouging 292 privatization 13, 98, 230–5, 245–51, 280–5, 289–99 racism 65, 259–60, 294 sexual abuse 252–8 size 76 staff numbers 294 staff pain and suffering 296–8 United Kingdom 230–5, 245–51, 252–8, 263–7 United States of America 211–28 workers’ health and safety 298 working conditions 297–8 Detention Watch Network 216, 222, 227–8 diabetes 14 Digicel 122 Dilley, Texas 221 disaster capitalism, definition 6–9 disaster, definition 9 disaster economics 322n18 disaster relief NGO-ization of 137–41 privatization 108–9 Droneshield 205 drones (UAVs) 97–8 drug abuse 37–9, 102 drug trade, Afghanistan 37–9 Dubai 45 Duma, William 186 Dungavel detention centre 266 Dupuy, Alex 133 Dutton, Peter 281 Duvalier, Francois (“Papa Doc”) 109–10 Duvalier, Jean-Claude (“Baby Doc”) 110–12 DynCorp 16, 26–7, 124 ecological damage, copper mining 173 Ecolog International 29 economic empowerment 162 economic exploitation, Haiti 132, 133–6 Economist 117 eco-system damage, Haiti 130 Eldorado Gold 100 Elie, Patrick 119–22 El Refugio 223 embassies, security of 30 embedded journalism 10, 26, 324n5 enlightened dictatorship 2 environmental destruction 157–8, 173, 273–4 Eppright, Fred 136 equality 311 Equatorial Guinea 14 Etienne, Yanick 126–8 Eurasian Minerals 120 Eurobank 101 European Central Bank 72 European Commission 72, 73 European Court of Human Rights 68 European External Border Surveillance System 97 European Refugee Fund 66 European Union asylum seeker numbers 96 development aid 324n3 and drones 97–8 and Greece 12 questions of identity 103–4 refugee crisis 95–8 Euro, the, Greece and 84 Evans, Tim 306 Evergreen Aviation 34 Evros 66–7 executions 199 Executive Outcomes 180 exploitation 107–8 Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) 190–1 extraordinary rendition 16, 34 extremism 25 ExxonMobil LNG pipeline 166 Facebook 308 Fahim (Afghan engineer) 46–8 Farage, Nigel 236 Farmer, Paul 113–14, 139 fascism 85 Fatal Assistance (aid) 118–19 Ferguson, Missouri, riots in 203 Fiji 346–7n41 Financial Times 6, 191, 242 Finn, Noel 255 fiscal policy 84 Fisher, Nigel 122 Flores, Anton 223 Flynn, Michael T. 55 Fonteyne, Jean-Pierre 357n4 food aid 3, 145–6 food and drink multinationals 14 Foreign Policy 6, 45, 123 fossil fuel industry 8–9 Four Horseman International 60 fracking 8–9 France 99, 120, 311 fraud 240–1 Friedmann, Alex 216, 222 Frontex 67, 96, 97 Frontex Plus 95 Funk, McKenzie 9 Fyssas, Pavlos, murder of 90 G4S 13, 16, 23, 57, 230–5, 235, 240, 248, 255, 256–8, 258–60, 264, 277, 278, 280, 282, 283–4, 289, 290 Gaddafi, Muammar 16, 30 Gap 132 Garoute, Hans P. 147–9 Gates Foundation 202 General Atomics 31 GEO Group 124, 197, 199, 200, 201, 202, 227, 255, 266 Georgia Detention Watch 223 Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) 224 Georgia, USA 199–200 immigrants 211–28 Stewart immigration detention centre 211–22 Germany 75, 84, 239 Gertler, Dan 120 Ghana 339n38 Ghani, Ashraf 27, 32, 45, 62 Gibney, Matthew J. 284 Gilbert, Sylvie 190 Glass, Charles 27 global capitalism, Klein’s critique of 7–8 Global Detention Project 68 global financial crisis, 2008 3, 72, 239, 309 Global Solutions Limited (GSL) 289–90 Golden Dawn 12, 71, 72, 74, 75, 78, 80, 104 aims 91–2 anti-Semitism 90–1 appeal 87 and the Greek Orthodox Church 88 iconography 89–90, 92 and immigration 88–9, 92 leadership 86, 91 Luqman trial 94 opposition 93–5 patriotism 88 popularity 85–6 and privatization 92–3 relationship with police 86 supporters 86, 87 violence 92, 94 worldview 87–93 Goldman Sachs 4 Gopal, Anand 32–3, 46–7 Gopnik, Adam 196 Government Accountability Office (US) 35 government, role of 4 Grainger 206 Grayling, Chris 261–2 Grayson, John 235, 262 Greece 4, 12, 64–104 ANEL (Independent Greeks) 73 anti-Semitism 93 asylum seeker infrastructure 66–8, 76–7 asylum seekers 64–71, 75–7, 77–80, 89 Asylum Service 66–7 austerity 71–5, 99–103, 307–8 closed hospitality centers 67–8 corruption 64, 72 debt crisis 71–5, 84 detention centers 64–71, 76, 77–80, 96, 98, 334n14 economic policies 12, 73 election, 2015 72–3, 91, 101 and the Euro 84 Eurozone exit 95 foreign investment 100–1 and Germany 75 Golden Dawn 12, 71, 72, 74, 75, 78, 80, 85–95, 104 healthcare system 80–4 Health Ministry 82 immigrants 74, 88–9, 92 immigration policy 96 medical care, asylum seekers 77–80 Ministry of Public Order and Citizen Protection 76 police brutality 83 potato movement 78 poverty rate 98–9 press freedom 74, 75 pressure on 73 privatization 72, 98, 100–2, 307–8 privatization of the detention network 77 questions of identity 103–4 racism 71, 80 reception centers 67 refugee crisis 95–8 sovereignty 104 suicide rate 102 Syntagma Square protest, 2014 70 Syriza 12, 72–5, 83, 91, 95, 103 unemployment 67, 99 Greek Council for Refugees 66 greenhouse gases 1–2 Green Prison 204 green technology, prisons 204 Greenwald, Glenn 219 Greg (PMC contractor) 60–1 Greiner, Robert 15 GTL 210 Guantánamo Bay 28, 240 Guardian 75, 261 Guatemala 134 Gulf War, First 25 Gulf War, Second 60 Gurkhas 20, 22, 25 Habib-Ur-Rahman 46–8 Hadawal, Khan Afzal 61 HADOM 140 Haidari, M.

W. 33, 34 Sisalem, Aladdin 281 al-Sisi, Abdel Fattah 2 Smart Borders 97 Smart, Frank 209 Smeets, Alice 137 Snowden, Edward 15, 55, 219, 359n32 social-impact bonds 4 social media 75 social sensitivity 21 social spending, cuts 6–7 Solnit, Rebecca 311 Solomon Islands 176, 346n28 Solon, Vivian Alvarez 289 Somalia 26 Somare, Michael 170, 171, 191 Sonapi 131 Sontag, Deborah 113 Sopko, John 62 South Africa 196 Southern Center for Human Rights 199 South Korea 117 South Sudan 14 South Yorkshire Migration Asylum Action Group 235 sovereignty Greece 104 Haiti 135, 146, 152 Papua New Guinea 156, 175–6, 176–8, 191, 192 and private military companies 22–3 Soviet Union 33, 37 Spaccia, Angela 5 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction 35 Spicer, Tim 33, 180 Sri Lanka, Boxing Day tsunami, 2004 11 Stathis, Epaminondas N. 87–91 Stavridis, Stelios 102 Stewart Immigration Detention Center, Lumpkin, Georgia 211–22 Stillman, Sarah 29 Sturm, Axel 185–6 suicide attacks 41–2 suicide rates 102, 209, 217, 332n83 Supreme Foodservice AG 29 surveillance 6, 15, 237–8 sustainable development 2, 162 sweatshops 149, 341n65 Syntagma Square protest, 2014, Greece 70 Syria 14 Syriza 12, 72–5, 83, 91, 95, 103 Taibbi, Matt 3–4, 309–10 Takaung, Philip 179 Taliban barbarism 25 drug trade 37 fear of resurgent 44–5 fractured 63 overthrow 31 in Pakistan 31 suicide attacks 41 targeting 55 and women 47, 330n59 Tapakau, Patricia 183–4 Task Force 377 331n69 taxation, global 6 Taylor, Peter 185, 186 Tepper Aviation 34 terrorism, September 11 terrorist attacks, 2001 7, 33 Tethys Petroleum 50 Texas 197 Tex-Net 206 Thatcher, Margaret 234, 238–9, 310 Thehan (asylum seeker) 253–4 Theonil (PNG resident) 167–9 This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Klein) 8 Thomas, Jean-Louis Saint 131 Thomson, Gordon 273–4, 275 Thorburn, James 232 three-strike laws 198 Tiefer, Charles 35 Time Warner 5 torture 15 tourism 152 Trans-Afghanistan pipeline 25 Transfield 283, 358n25 transparency 10, 191, 249, 310 prisons 225–6 private military companies 34 privatization 246, 290–1 Treatment Advocacy centre 201 Tribelnig, Stuart 259 Triple Canopy 108 Tsiolkas, Christos 103–4 Tsipras, Alexis 72, 73–4, 74, 93, 95 Tuckey, Wilson 278 Tunisia 128 Twitter 308 Tzanetea, Revekka 78–80 UK Border Agency 241 Unilever 267 Union of Christmas Island Workers (UCIW) 273, 275 United Kingdom and Afghanistan 49–50 asylum seekers 230–5, 244, 245–51, 252–8, 258–63 contractor privacy 248–9 deportations 258–63 detention centers 230–5, 245–51, 252–8, 263–7 elite salaries 239 health services privatization 244–5 housing demand 234 immigration policy 243–4 inequality 242–3 Liberal Democrats 252 living standards 243 opposition to privatization 251 outsourcing contractors 240–2 prisons 240, 264–5 privatization 13, 230–68, 237–9, 310 racism 259–60 rent increases 4 scale of privatization 244 slumification 234 Welfare to Work program 261–2 United Nations 16, 68, 126, 277 and Haitian cholera outbreak 113–14, 115–16 Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 139 Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries policy 344n19 United Nations Environment Programme 157 United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 37 United States of America Afghan dependence on 45 aid contracts 123–5 American Correctional Association (ACA) conference, 2014 202–11 arms sales 110–11 Assessing Progress in Haiti Act 124 Commission on Wartime Contracting 34 corporate pillaging of Haiti 111–12 cost of Afghan war 45 Defense Logistics Agency 29 deportations 212, 227–8 detention centers 211–28 executions 199 farm subsidies 122–3 female prison population 197 food assistance 3 foreign policy 5, 152 Government Accountability Office 35 Haiti colonialism 109–13 Haiti Economic Lift Program 133 Haiti policy 115–16, 116–20, 134 immigrants 195, 196, 198–9, 211–28 incarceration rates 195–6, 200, 204 inequality 2–4 investment in Haiti 116–20 military bases 28 obsession with imprisonment 198 opposition to private prisons 223–8 and Papua New Guinea 170–1 police brutality 203 prison bed mandate 226–7 prison population 196, 204, 228 prison quotas 226–7, 228 prisons 195–229 private prison operators 196–8 privatization 4, 5, 13 the Reagan Revolution 3 rice exports 122–3 riots, Ferguson, Missouri 203 role of government 4 sentencing reform 198 southern border 212 three-strike laws 198 Urban Shield conference 203–4 use of contractors 28–31 waste reduction 30 youth detention 208 Unocal 25 unregulated capitalism, Haiti 135–6 Urban Shield conference 203–4 URS 172 USAID 28, 38, 108, 123–5, 130, 134, 135, 142, 146–7, 152, 327–8n46, 331–2n77 US Department of Defense 28, 30 US Geological Society 49 US–Korea Free Trade Agreement 133 US special forces 55 U.S.

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Peers Inc: How People and Platforms Are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism by Robin Chase

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Within two weeks, solvers from outside the university—none in the fields of computational biology or life sciences—had produced genomics algorithms a hundred times faster than the current solution. The miracle of finding the right person at the right time is also transforming political activism. An activist and writer known by her Twitter handle, @FeministaJones, led an organizing movement for a national moment of silence (#nmos14) in response to the police killing of Michael Brown, a black teenager walking down the middle of a street at midday in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014. Within just three days, Jones’s digital organizing—mostly on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Docs—resulted in thousands of people in tens of cities nationwide coming together. And while the mainstream media reported on the case slowly and sporadically with a handful of reporters, it was people in the right place—protesters, bystanders, eyewitnesses—who live-tweeted up-to-date news, videos, and photographs of events unfolding in Ferguson.

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Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America by Tamara Draut

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Because race has always been classed and class has always been raced, most of these city- or state-based organizations understand the connections between corporate power, police brutality, underfunded public schools, and low-paying jobs. There’s a new beltway of activism flowing through the South, from Atlanta, Georgia, all the way down to Miami, Florida, and on over to Jackson, Mississippi. Phillip Agnew is the director of Dream Defenders, based in Florida, and was one of the handful of young activists invited to the White House to meet with President Obama about the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Agnew, whom I met at a Demos gala when we honored Dream Defenders with a Transforming America Award, brought the house down in his acceptance speech. Like so many other leaders, he and his group are joining the chorus of activists supporting Black Lives Matter while continuing to do local organizing and work to change policies and laws. In an interview, he seamlessly laid out the breadth of the challenge and what animates working-class people whose struggles form the backbone of the second wave of civil rights activism: “The values that our country is supposed to be built on—equal opportunity for all, the ability of all to represent our values at the ballot box—this country has never done that.

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The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

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To say, “This is the stuff of circuses and mistakes. This is the stuff of nightmares.” It’s easier to reject,10 fear,11 and destroy12 what we don’t understand. It’s impossible to understand what we’re never allowed to see. Even if, in many cases, what we never see is ourselves.13 * * * I passed a man and his son headed to a football game one day. The news was, at the time, all about the protest and unrest in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, where peaceful protests in reaction to the shooting of an unarmed teenager were met with an increasingly violent police response. One would think there would be a profound backlash against this militarized police response, no matter the race of the victim. But one would be wrong.14 The boy and his father crossing the street to the stadium were white; the boy was about eight or nine years old, and he asked, “Dad, what if it had been a black cop shooting a black kid?

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Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams

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In Argentina, for instance, unemployed workers’ movements blockaded major streets in order to make themselves heard and were central to the overthrow of the government.82 Expelled from the wage, shorn of a workplace, blockading urban arteries becomes a primary means of exerting political power.83 The surge in freeway blockades in the wake of the August 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, demonstrates the increasing prevalence of this type of struggle.84 Similar tactics take on other aspects of capitalist reproduction with the same basic objective, including rent strikes and debt strikes. Port blockades also have potential as a tactic, and computer modelling can offer insights into how to avoid scattershot and ineffective political action.85 These new tactics must, of course, be situated within a larger strategic plan, or risk becoming so many temporary movements that erupt only to disappear without a trace.

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Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford

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In the United States, neighborhoods are increasingly segregated—economically, politically, almost any way one cares to look at the data.29 We have an unprecedented choice of news outlets. Americans, Canadians, Australians, and Brits can easily read The Times of India or The Japan Times. But we don’t. Instead, conservatives watch Fox News and liberals watch MSNBC.30 There’s the Internet, of course, a cornucopia of news and opinion, but we sample its riches selectively—often without realizing how the selection is made. Consider the way that the troubles of Ferguson, Missouri, were covered by social media in the summer of 2014 after a police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed a young black man, Michael Brown. Night after night of confrontation between police and protesters barely made a ripple on Facebook. The most likely explanation for that is that Facebook is set up for sharing good news. You signal your approval of a post by clicking “Like,” which feels like an inappropriate response to a photograph of a masked protester or a line of riot cops.

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Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier

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For example, the police are increasingly averse to being monitored. All over the US, police harass and prosecute people who videotape them, and some jurisdictions have ruled it illegal. Cops in Chicago have deliberately obscured cameras, apparently attempting to conceal their own behavior. The San Diego Police Department denies all requests for police videos, claiming that they’re part of ongoing investigations. During the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police killed an unarmed black man, police routinely prevented protesters from recording them, and several reporters were arrested for documenting events. Los Angeles police even went so far as to sabotage court-mandated voice recorders in their patrol cars. Governments and corporations routinely resist transparency laws of all kinds. But the world of secrecy is changing. Privacy-law scholar Peter Swire writes about a declining half-life of secrets.

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Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon by Colin Burgess, Kate Doolan

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Ferguson, Missouri, Mikhail Gorbachev, profit motive, Ronald Reagan

Slayton felt that Bassett would work well with Frank Borman and Bill Anders (both of whom would eventually fly on the Apollo 8 mission). If he performed well on that flight, there was a high probability he would later command his own lunar landing mission and become one of a handful of men to walk on the moon. When he confided this in Jeannie, she could see that he was thrilled, almost beyond words. Charlie Bassett, it seemed, was definitely on his way to the moon. Kenneth Stovall from Ferguson, Missouri, was employed as a company linesman by Union Electric. He was walking through a substation parking lot near the McDonnell Plant when he heard the T-38 approaching from the east. He remembered it descending at "a fairly sharp angle." As he watched, the pilot cut in the afterburners, desperately throwing on extra power. Moments later the aircraft disappeared from view behind some stationary boxcars on the elevated railroad tracks skirting the northern side of the airfield.

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Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization by Parag Khanna

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Far more radical proposals have been offered to restore the city to its previous size and sense of purpose: making it a tax-free zone, creating a Detroit-only visa for hardworking Latin and Asian immigrants, and giving Detroit to Canada, which provides a much larger federal share (approximately 20 percent) of city budgets than America does (less than 10 percent). Dozens of other cities are also on life support, in deep debt, and without viable business models. Fiscal stress makes municipal welfare a token gesture at best. Many of these cities are also so deeply divided by wealth and race that they have become tinderboxes—the 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, riots were only the most widely reported episode. They are so poor and unequal they should be treated like underdeveloped countries.9 Washington is haphazardly helping them pay for police officers and commuter buses, backing bonds to cover pensions, and offering investment rebates and tax credits for job creation and business start-ups. But creating a few jobs isn’t a sustainable economic strategy.

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The Way of the Gun: A Bloody Journey Into the World of Firearms by Iain Overton

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air freight, airport security, back-to-the-land, British Empire, Chelsea Manning, clean water, Columbine, David Attenborough, Etonian, Ferguson, Missouri, gender pay gap, gun show loophole, illegal immigration, interchangeable parts, Julian Assange, knowledge economy, Louis Pasteur, Mahatma Gandhi, More Guns, Less Crime, offshore financial centre, Ronald Reagan, Y2K, Yom Kippur War

The problem is that, in a post-9/11 world, the US police have become what Balko calls ‘a protected class’. Few politicians want to oppose them, so they are rarely held to account successfully, and, despite a growing media focus on their actions, no one seems to be effectively restricting their powers. Instead, America just keeps arming its law enforcement officers with military-grade equipment. It was something that was glaringly obvious on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, in the summer of 2014. When Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on August 9 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, protests riled the area for weeks. The world looked on as the streets of an American town seemed to descend into a war zone – masked police with tear gas, beanbag rounds, flash grenades and rubber bullets descended on Ferguson. A policeman was filmed saying, ‘Bring it, you fucking animals, bring it’, and the issue of the militarisation of America’s police became the focus of endless media columns and articles.

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Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman

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The high school has a student council that is predominantly white, but it also has a black male leadership group, a female leadership group, a Latino one, and an African–Middle Eastern one. “These groups meet every other week and talk about their responsibility to the school,” said Meyers. “They elect captains and if they have a grievance they come and see me.” In the wake of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, students staged a walkout and created a group called Students Organizing Against Racism, or SOAR. “If kids have a voice, with mentoring from teachers, it can make a huge difference,” said Meyer. “They cannot be coming to a school and feeling like they are visiting someone else’s school.” Metz remarked that when he was the high school principal he got to “talk to a lot of seniors when they go out the door and almost always their biggest regret is that they didn’t mix with more kids.

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Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World by Timothy Garton Ash

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This is why companies and wealthy individuals spend millions on search engine optimisation. If, due to some small change in the algorithm, ‘Bates Motel + Fairvale’ disappears from the top 10 results, that could be the commercial kiss of death for that delightful hostelry. The internet scholar Zeynep Tufekci argues that Facebook’s News Feed algorithm unintentionally buried news of the first days of protests against the killing of a black youth by a white policeman in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, in summer 2014.51 The psychologist Robert Epstein, an outspoken critic of Google, goes further, talking of a search engine manipulation effect. In a study conducted with 1,800 undecided voters in India’s 2014 parliamentary election, he claimed to have shifted votes by an average of 12.5 percent to particular candidates simply by improving their placings in search results found by the individual voter.52 An extreme example of algorithmic choice could be provided by Google’s computer-driven car.