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Towards Digital Enlightenment: Essays on the Dark and Light Sides of the Digital Revolution

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This new collection of essays follows in the footsteps of the successful volume Thinking Ahead - Essays on Big Data, Digital Revolution, and Participatory Market Society, published at a time when our societies were on a path to technological totalitarianism, as exemplified by mass surveillance reported by Edward Snowden and others.

Meanwhile the threats have diversified and tech companies have gathered enough data to create detailed profiles about almost everyone living in the modern world - profiles that can predict our behavior better than our friends, families, or even partners. This is not only used to manipulate peoples’ opinions and voting behaviors, but more generally to influence consumer behavior at all levels. It is becoming increasingly clear that we are rapidly heading towards a cybernetic society, in which algorithms and social bots aim to control both the societal dynamics and individual behaviors.

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MongoDB in Action: Covers MongoDB version 3.0
MongoDB in Action: Covers MongoDB version 3.0

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MongoDB in Action, Second Edition is a completely revised and updated version. It introduces MongoDB 3.0 and the document-oriented database model. This perfectly paced book gives you both the big picture you'll need as a developer and enough low-level detail to satisfy system engineers.

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Financial Structure and Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Comparison of Banks, Markets, and Development
Financial Structure and Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Comparison of Banks, Markets, and Development
This is the first broad cross-country assessment of the ties between financial structure -- the mix of financial instruments, institutions, and markets in a given economy -- and economic growth since Raymond Goldsmith's 1969 landmark study. Most studies focus on developed countries and compare bank-based and market-based systems. Debates over the...
Bureaucratic Landscapes: Interagency Cooperation and the Preservation of Biodiversity
Bureaucratic Landscapes: Interagency Cooperation and the Preservation of Biodiversity

Political scientists have long been concerned about the tension between institutional fragmentation and policy coordination in the United States bureaucracy. The literature is rife with examples of agencies competing with each other or asserting their independence, while cooperation is relatively rare. This is of particular importance in...


Practice-Based Innovation: Insights, Applications and Policy Implications
Practice-Based Innovation: Insights, Applications and Policy Implications

The book describes and analyses the new environment for innovation, it does this with an emphasis on yet uncharted regions within the field of practice-based innovation, coming up with guidelines for innovation policy measures needed in order to realise this. While it focuses on these policies it also takes into account multi-actor innovation...

Global Financial Centers, Economic Power, and (In)Efficiency
Global Financial Centers, Economic Power, and (In)Efficiency

This book scrutinizes global financial flows and stocks, both financial assets and liabilities and their impact on the global balance of economic power, especially as they affect the largest and fastest-growing countries in both the developed and the developing world. It shows how financial flows can promote economic growth and...

Facing the Challenges of Water Governance (Palgrave Studies in Water Governance: Policy and Practice)
Facing the Challenges of Water Governance (Palgrave Studies in Water Governance: Policy and Practice)
Access to water is one of the most pressing global issues of the twenty-first century, particularly when set against the background of a rapidly growing global population. This book provides a cutting-edge, comprehensive overview of the challenges facing water governance and regulatory choices. The recently adopted Sustainable...
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