The Power Of The Social Media – Truth or Myth?

The ongoing investigation against the Cambridge Analytica company is a good starting point for a question: how much political influence, if any, could be created in the social media? I’m more than a bit skeptic about it, but such a question cannot be ignored.

We already know that every social media user is somewhat profiled by the big players and it’s a safe bet to say that such data are evaluated (almost in real time)and used for a number of commercial reasons, from advertising to research.

We also know that advertising adapts itself according to the changes we made in our daily use of the social media platforms. The mechanism set up by the big players is quite efficient and the constant push to buy or to acquire services is self-evident for everybody with half a brain.

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The perfect solution for all problems: find somebody to blame

Here we are again. Different problems, different actors, the same old solution. The mainstream media are on the spot again, fueled by the same publicity stunt we have seen in the last ten years.

Russia is a big player and our “friend” Putin likes to put his finger in every pie, worldwide. I have no doubts at all about it. Think about Crimea, think about Abkhazia and Ossetia, remember the Syrian agenda still in action.

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The new frontier of Cyber attacks – physical damage

We all know something about cybercrime and cyber attacks, right? Many experienced some kind of virus and/or had one of our accounts violated by some unknown wannabe hacker (the definition of hacker is something different, see below).
The goal of such crimes is about information and money, right? Grab some password, divert money to cryptocurrency account located in another country and so on. End of the story.

No. There’s more than that. Much more.

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Italian standoff 2018 – the story of a Senator

There is a peculiar story to be told about our latest general elections, a good way to show how it works in Italy today when it comes to sensitive issues.

There was a young man, born in Nigeria back in 1955. He got his first degree in the USA (Computer information science), then moved to Italy in 1976. In my country, he got a second degree in the same specialization, got married to an Italian girl and became an Italian citizen after 11 years. Not bad at all, it’s a successful integration story.

This guy became involved in politics. In 1993 he enrolled in a political party, then he has been elected from 1994 to 2014 in the city council of Spirano (a small town near Bergamo, Italy). A few days ago he has become the first Italian Senator of African descent.
So far, so good. This is one of the most inspirational integration stories in my country. The long road of a man who found a new home and personal success in a foreign land.

What’s the problem? It’s up to you to decide. This man, Mr. Toni Iwobi, has been elected for the League (former Northern League), a center-right political party whose leader has made many inflammatory remarks about non-Italians and Muslims in the last few years. It’s also the party that caused outrage during the campaign by saying that immigration to Italy threatened our civilization.

You see, the immigration theme has been front and center in the political scene in the last two years or so. Center-left parties were calling for a more easy way to become Italian citizens, not to mention a great number of proposals to accommodate the newcomers in our country (I will not talk about the Italian mainstream media, there are limits that even I don’t want to trespass). Center-left parties and far left parties have been quite vocal about the election of Mr. Iwobi, portraying him as a puppet of the League.

Well, I’m gonna lose a few friends right now.
In my humble opinion, Mr. Iwobi is not a puppet. I think is racist to depict him as a false flag or like some kind of traitor of the integration cause. When similar remarks come in the public view I see somebody wave the multi-colored banner of integration, as if it were the exclusive property of the left.
It seems to me racist to make it clear that only the left can do the interests of immigrants as if anyone else could not be anything other than fascist.
I don’t know what Mr. Iwobi will do in his new role, but I can wish him well and make a note of what will happen.

Italian standoff 2018 – an introduction

You see, having a general election is usually something good for any democratic country. People get its choice to express their vote, a lot of candidates gets elected or rejected, then we have a new Parliament, a new government and so on.
Well, it didn’t work so good this time.

The first part, running a general election, wasn’t perfect. The new law in effect shows more than a bit of trouble so far. Many commentators, including myself, foretold that this mechanism was fragile. Three days after the election we finally got the final results. You must really hope that nobody starts a judicial war about the whole process.

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Gender equality is still far away

Today is about women, of course. Aside from celebrations and cultural events, the focus of this post will be about a simple concept – equal pay for women.

The year 2018 will be remembered for many different things, most still in the future of course, but one is absolutely pertinent for women. From the first day of this year in Iceland, a new law came into effect that will force firms with 25 or more workers to pay equal amounts of money to men and women. This law requires complying before the end of 2018 (link HERE).

No other country in the world got itself a similar law in effect. Let this fact sink in for a moment.

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