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Contents February 2018

PROSPECT FEBRUARY

Main Features

How the web controls you

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16 Web of spies

Google and Facebook’s surveillance capitalism 23 Life in the slow lane

Ending net neutrality will speed corporate capture 24 Ballot bots

Fake trolls are spreading political poison online 26 Policing the net

How governments control the internet 28 Death by a thousand clicks

Big tech is ruining literary culture

Prospect Portrait 30 The opponent

Michel Barnier, chief Brexit negotiator

35 Decline and fall

Italy beware—Silvio Berlusconi is back 41 Who were Islamic State?

Liberation is being tainted by victor’s justice 48 Unorthodox diplomacy

Church leaders are bolstering UK Russia relations 52 Touch of evil

Can we still love the work of abusive artists?

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