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Edwin Black: The Algorithm Ghetto, Cashless Society & Newgenics

Posted on Jun 10, 2020 by in Podcast |

Award-winning author Edwin Black joins us to discuss “Newgenics” and the Chinese-style “Social Credit Score” system which he believes will ultimately come to every nation on earth and which has been greatly accelerated by Covid-19. He describes how a person within such a system will become relegated to the “Algorithm Ghetto” with a “Non-Entity” or “Zombie” status. He looks at what this means for the future and what, if anything, individuals or nations can do to mitigate such a dystopian scenario.

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Show Notes

“Digital ghetto,” “cashless society” pose threats even beyond Orwell, journalist contends

‘Living In a Algorithm Ghetto’

Lecture on Nazi Eugenics: Hitler’s Idea for a Master Race was Born in the USA

Q & A on the Algorithm Ghetto

The Edwin Black Show Episode 1: Nuremberg for COVID-19–I


Edwin Black

The Edwin Black Show


About Edwin Black

Edwin Black is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling international investigative author of 200 award-winning editions in 20 languages in 190 countries, as well as scores of newspaper and magazine articles in the leading publications of the United States, Europe and Israel. With more than 1.6 million books in print, his work focuses on human rights, genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropy abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy and historical investigation. Editors have submitted Black’s work thirteen times for Pulitzer Prize nomination, and in recent years he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards. He has also contributed to a number of anthologies worldwide.

For his human rights investigations, Black has been interviewed on hundreds of network broadcasts from Oprah, the Today Show, CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports and NBC Dateline in the US, to the leading networks of Europe and Latin American. His human rights works have been the subject of numerous documentaries, here and abroad. Many of his books have been optioned by Hollywood for film, with two in active production. His latest film is the screen adaptation War Against the Weak, based on his book of the same name. Black’s speaking tours include hundreds of events in dozens of cities each year, appearing at prestigious venues from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  to the Simon Wiesenthal Institute in Los Angeles, also in Europe from London’s British War Museum and Amsterdam’s Institute for War Documentation to Munich’s Carl Orff Hall. In recent times he has appeared to speak, lecture or testify numerous times in various legislatures on a variety of social justice issues: U.S. House of Representatives, North Carolina General Assembly, the European Parliament, and the Canadian House of Commons. In February and early March 2014, Black appeared before four parliaments in four weeks: The British House of Commons in London, the European Parliament in Brussels, the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem, and finally the U.S. House of Representative Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C. Black is a leading contributor to The Cutting Edge News, which receives more than 1.5 million visits monthly, as well as the Huffington Post, the Times of Israel, and numerous other on-line publications. His investigations and human rights articles are syndicated regularly to publications worldwide.

Black’s eleven award-winning bestselling books are IBM and the Holocaust (2001 and 2012), Financing the Flames (2013), British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement (2011), The Farhud (2010), Nazi Nexus  (2009), The Plan (2008),  Internal Combustion (2006), Banking on Baghdad (2004), War Against the Weak (2003 and 2012), The Transfer Agreement (1984 and 2009), and a 1999 novel, Format C:.

His enterprise and investigative writings have appeared in scores of newspapers from the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune to the Sunday Times of London, Frankfurter Zeitung and the Jerusalem Post, as well as scores of magazines as diverse as Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Reform Judaism, Der Spiegel, L’Express, BusinessWeek and American Bar Association Journal. Leading on-line journals carry his work as well. Black’s articles are syndicated worldwide by Feature Group News Service.

In 2017, Black undertook a 14-event series in Australia, ignited an international campaign to replace the United Nations with a Covenant of Democratic Nations, and led a 13-city series across America on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. In 2016, based on revelations in his book The Farhud, Black organized a whirlwind 70th Anniversary Farhud commemoration starting in the House of Representatives in Washington DC, moving to New York, then London and then Jerusalem’s Knesset–all within 5 days. The year before, on June 1, 2015, Black proclaimed International Farhud Day at UN Headquarters in a live global UN event, based on revelations in his book The Farhud. 

From 2013 through 2014, Black has been featured at hundreds of scholar-in-residence programs in the US, Canada, Europe, and Israel. In November and December 2014, he went on a 45-event “Human Rights Tour.” In North Carolina, Black appeared nine times in three days speaking out against the persecution of Yazidis, Shia Muslims, and Christians in Iraq, racial injustice in America and its impact on the November elections, as well as environmental injustice arising out of oil addiction, journalistic ethics in covering human rights, bias against Jews in Israel, and a health care crisis in the Middle East.

In 2012, Black was featured at scores of speaking events in the United States and overseas, highlighting all his published works. His tour appearances included one before the European Parliament in Brussels about IBM and the Holocaust and modern-day privacy concerns. That year, special expanded editions of both IBM and the Holocaust and War Against the Weak were published.

In 2011, Black was featured at scores of speaking events in the United States and overseas, highlighting all his published works. His travels included a four-week scholar-in-residence in Australia, sponsored by the Shalom Institute focusing on his work in petropolitics and Holocaust history. He was also asked to deliver a week-long 5-campus scholar-in-residence in North Carolina sponsored by a coalition of that state’s universities, legislators, civic institutions, and other leadership groups, exploring the dark side of eugenics, this arising from his bestseller War Against the Weak, now a feature-length documentary of the same name. The North Carolina tour was marked by several standing-room only appearances.

During 2010 and 2011, Black received three service awards: from Moriah College in Sydney for his work in Nazi Nexus, the Jewish War Veterans for his work in the book The Transfer Agreement, and from Hadassah Ahavat Yisrael for his work in the book The Farhud. In 2010, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), in a Capitol Hill ceremony bestowed its coveted “Justice for All” on Black for his work on eugenics and his book War Against the Weak.

In 2008, the American Jewish Press Association gave Black its Rockower Award for best investigative article of the year, arising from the series “Hitler’s Carmaker,” syndicated internationally by the JTA.

In 2006–2007, Black’s book Internal Combustion was honored with four major editorial awards: Best Book of the Year from American Society of Journalists and Authors, a Rockower Award for Best Investigation of the Year from the American Jewish Press Association, a Green Globe, and the Thomas Edison Award.

In 2005, Black won the World Affairs Council’s award for the Best World Affairs Book for Banking on Baghdad, and the Doña Gracia Medal for Best Book of The Year. In 2004, he won the coveted Rockower First Prize Award for Investigative Journalism from the American Jewish Press Association for “Funding Hate,” his acclaimed, syndicated investigation of the Ford Foundation’s systematic funding of hate groups.

In 2003, he received the top two editorial awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors: Best Book of the Year for IBM and the Holocaust and Best Article of the Year for “IBM in Auschwitz” in the Village Voice. Also in 2003, Black received the International Human Rights Award from the World Affairs Council for War Against the Weak.

Editors have submitted Black’s work for Pulitzer Prize nomination eleven times, and three times for the National Book Award. In addition, Black received the Carl Sandburg Award for The Transfer Agreement as well as two Folio Awards and a Computer Press Association Award for excellence in magazine publishing.

*Podcast intro music is from the song “The Queens Jig” by “Musicke & Mirth” from their album “Music for Two Lyra Viols”: (available on iTunes or Amazon)