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The Brainless Soldier

By Amée Zoutberg Looking back on 2018, I feel that one of my greatest lessons learnt came about a month after receiving my UCR diploma. Which was great. Really. I painfully discovered that in three years of sacrifice and voluntary enslavement to the academic system (for that sweet, sweet 3.5 GPA), I had in no way…

Pittsburgh and the Polish Sun

by Jedidja van Boven The American daily newspapers were still being flooded with stories on migrant caravans and Saudi journalists when a new report came in on 27 October: The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had been the site of a hate crime that cost 11 lives. Classified as the worst anti-Semitic attack…

Do Aliens Even Matter in this Economy?

By Dana Zoutman This February, Elon Musk launched a super rocket to send a Tesla car into orbit around Mars. Bowie’s “Space Oddity” will be playing throughout its journey [1]. When someone on Twitter asked him why he was planning to undertake this seemingly useless mission, his response was simply that he loved “the thought…

Zondag met Lubach

Comedy, journalism, or social activism? By Heleen Heijungs Last Sunday night, Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach launched a campaign against Facebook, urging users to deactivate their accounts [1]. Over 29,000 Facebook users have said they will participate in the event, with another 73,000 indicating they are ‘interested’. In a similar call for action in October 2017,…

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and UCR

What happened, and why should we care? By Tom van Leeuwen and Heleen Heijungs   What is the link between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica? You have probably noticed the recent controversy surrounding Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and a series of alleged data breaches. But what exactly happened? What is Cambridge Analytica, and what is their relation…

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