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Weekly Round-up- what can Martin Luther teach us about 21st century tech, feminist foreign policy, automated cities & more!

Published Date: 30 October 2017

Each week, the SIX team will be sharing their favourite pieces of reading. The content will be organised thematically, and each piece will tie to work that is currently being undertaken by the organisation. Enjoy!


Marc Violo: Big data meets Big brother as China moves in to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System". Like many Chinese policy documents, it was a lengthy with a dry tone, but it contained a radical idea. What if there was a national trust score that rated the kind of citizen you were? (via Wired UK, October 2017)

Lorna Reed
: Why we need a 21st-century Martin Luther to challenge the church of tech

Tomorrow will see the launch of the website which will challenge the religion of the tech giants such as Google and Apple via a means similar to Martin Luther on the anniversary of his theses. (via The Guardian, October 2017)

Foreign Policy

Julie Munk: Sweden and Canada fly the flag for feminist foreign policy

The strategy is grounded in a belief that equality is more than a means to an end – it’s a prerequisite for peace and prosperity. (via Apolitical, July 2017)


Jordan Junge: Saudi Arabia to invest $500 billion in fully automated city spanning three countries

Saudi Arabia became the first country to recognise a humanoid robot as a citizen and announced plans to invest $500 billion into a city that will be run using artificial intelligence. (via Deezen, October 2017)

Land struggles

Duncan Collins-Adams: A mysterious death in Argentina draws attention to indigenous land struggles

How the death of a protester in Patagonia has shone a light on political repression and indigenous land struggles. (via The Conversation, October 2017)


Julie Munk: Platforms as networks of assets by Cassie Robinson

Key insights into how network organisations can be useful in communities. (via Medium, August 2017)

The Russian Revolution

Duncan Collins-Adams: Those who lived through the Russian Revolution understood history – unlike us

As the events of 1917 unfolded, many working-class people would have been able to understand the parallels with the French Revolution. A century later, our ignorance may be our downfall. (via The Guardian, October 2017)