The discussion about GAFA, i.e. global platforms trading data, has been recently gaining even more momentum. No wonder — 2020 revealed what is the worst in the internet-driven liberal democracy. Last year showed how large the scale of distrust in science is, how much the society’s susceptibility to manipulation on the internet has increased, and how much we are dependent on the digital space. It showed that we live in a world from which there is really no escape. A ticking bomb.

I wish this post wasn’t a personal accusation against social media but I guess it is. And don’t…


Mother Joan of the Angels (1961) by J. Kawalerowicz

To say that we are now living in difficult times is to say nothing. Nobody expected such an opening in 2020, and to tell the truth, no one would even be surprised if an asteroid was flying towards the Earth now, because at the moment, as Z. Bauman would say, we are in a state of siege.
For the first time we also experience the feeling that there is nowhere to escape from isolation and fear. …


The years 2010–2019 were the beginning of my adulthood and I think I was able to watch the world in its unprecedented boom, which I value very much because — although it was a wild ride — it was worth it. I wouldn’t return to the time before today’s technology and I don’t repeat boomer clichés that the time without Internet was better because we used to go outside more often and drank water from pools. Boomers, please, let people enjoy things.

I love watching the Internet grow, because — regardless of whether it sounds bad or not — I…


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Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before the US Congress has caused a massive stir in a digital community . No wonder — we hoped that we would learn something new about Libra — still a very mysterious stablecoin project that gives regulators and financial institutions some really sleepless nights.
However, we have forgotten that memes picturing Mark Zuckerberg as a programmed robot, didn’t come out of nowhere — he keeps repeating rhetorical tricks and gets lost in his own shenanigans. …


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Airbnb was launched in 2008 and within 10 years it has been declared a worldwide success as a convenient and cheap way to get an accommodation: both for holiday as well as for business trips. In the great HBO series, Succession, one of the characters, trying to encourage an ex-lover to step by, says — My Airbnb has, um, a memory foam mattress . How ‘bout we give it some memories?

Airbnb has irrevocably changed our travel style and the way we think about short-term rental. However, ahead of us there are further changes resulting from the ongoing development of…


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Legislators have been trying to address fake reviews appearing on e-commerce websites and opinion agreggators for at least 5 years. Content is being posted by bots, professional spammers, jealous competitors and, somewhere among them, consumers willing to leave the authentic feedback about their experience.
Research shows that more than 80% of us take opinions about a given product into account before making the final purchase. In turn, the British consumer office claims that in the United Kingdom alone, online reviews affect transactions worth £23 billion. Annually.

As we can see, the Internet reviews shape our shopping preferences and determine a…


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It was supposed to be the post explaining Facebook’s Libra and its possible influence on traditional banking. I have recently published such analysis on my Polish blog. I must say it has gained a satisfactory attention which has of course fed my vanity big time. So, my idea was to translate the original post, add some new insight, modify it a little bit — and publish it here.
Well, shortly thereafter, I realized I had to change basically each paragraph. …


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Everyday millennials and younger generations learn the hard way that the future doesn’t seem bright at all. We’re basically surrounded by the evidence: take, for example, last week’s ‘breaking news’. We’re now experiencing the so called climate catastrophe — the global warming is very easy to perceive and we can see it at a glance. There’s a huge chance that its dramatic consequences will be, in the worst case scenario, the end of our civilization. Some might think — thank God, if I am going to die, then everyone is going to die, so I don’t have to worry about…


Do you remember the scene from ‘Space Jam’, where the Looney Tunes team was about to lose a basketball match and faced the serious morale drop? What Bugs Bunny cleverly did was giving them a magical drink, after which their muscles grew in a flash, and their self-esteem was in place again. If you haven’t seen this unique masterpiece with Michael Jordan playing the leading role — no need to worry, you can watch the scene here.

Bugs Bunny did nothing more than creating a placebo — he poured tap water into a plastic bottle, named it ‘Michael’s Magical Stuff’…

Kasia Chojecka

Digital policy analyst, PhD candidate, public affairs consultant, new media enthusiast, information collector. Catch me on Twitter.

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