Pretext Securitization of Boston’s public realm after 9/11: Motives, actors and a role for planners

Submitted by Susan Silberberg on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 3:00pm

“Pretext securitization of Boston’s public realm after 9/11: Motives, actors and a role for planners” by Susan Silberberg is the culminating chapter in Policing Cities: Securitization and Regulation in a 21st Century World (Routledge, 2013).  Silberberg identifies the changes in Boston’s public spaces and privately owned “public” spaces after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and assesses the motives, players and planning roles in these public realm transformations.

Dancing with Robots: Human Skills for Computerized Work

Submitted by Frank Levy on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 3:38pm

We all know about losing jobs to China, but what about losing jobs to the microchip?  In Dancing with Robots, Frank Levy and Richard Murnane show that the pressure on the middle class workforce in America has as much to do with the technology revolution and computerization of tasks as with global forces like China.  The authors argue that the challenge we face with computerized work is not mass unemployment, but rather educating far more young people for the higher wage jobs that computers cannot do—writing a convincing legal brief or diagnosing an automotive problem the

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