I love Pope Francis but he’s seriously wrong in this part of his message.

The problematic part is this paragraph:

“I call on powerful countries to stop aggression, blockades and unilateral sanctions against any country anywhere on earth. No to neo-colonialism. Conflicts must be resolved in multilateral fora such as…

Identifying a potential methodological artefact in Nikolov, Flammini, and Menczer (2021), Right and left, partisanship predicts (asymmetric) vulnerability to misinformation, and a positive suggestion for how to fix it.

(This is not a peer-reviewed review, it’s just my personal opinions at this stage.)

Nikolov, Flammini, and Menczer’s paper is excellent…

Just a little reminder, again, that what’s at stake here isn’t just the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, but also the whole culture of human rights as foundational for law and for legitimate state authority and institutions.

The whole of current refugee law (at least the primary law, not…

We will all, almost certainly, encounter some manipulative disinformation or propaganda today, and every day. We most probably won’t recognise all of it as what it really is. Foreign authoritarian regimes using manipulative online tactics have smartened up their game since 2016, so to not be gullible now is even…

Kester Ratcliff

Lapsed biologist retraining as a social data scientist, often writing about refugee rights advocacy and political philosophy.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store