Making Journalism Dependent on Facebook Is Not the Answer

Feb 22, 2021

The battle of media titans over their profits — and our data — triggered by Australia’s attempt to make Google and Facebook pay for the news they use has little to do with the public interest. If we are worried about the quality of news and information, there’s not much to choose between...

Facebook Wants to Read Your Brain

Feb 05, 2021

As Shoshana Zuboff has warned in her book “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power,” the great tech giants have built a system people have become dependent on for their social relationships. But this “social” system has been built to...

In Trusts We Trust

Dec 11, 2020

Jack Welch, the legendary CEO of General Electric, still considered by many to be the ultimate business guru, offered his simple formula for success: “Number one, cash is king… number two, communicate… number three, buy or bury the competition.” Pressure has been building for years to...

Facebook Sees WhatsApp as a Weapon of Conquest

Dec 03, 2020

New York Times tech journalist Shira Ovide offers a fascinating glimpse of what’s going on in the back offices of Facebook concerning the future of the popular messaging app, WhatsApp. Changes are afoot, she tells us. Ovide whets the reader’s appetite with this intriguing teaser: “the...

The Science of Voter Suppression

Sep 30, 2020

Great traditions persist for centuries even as they change their style. New York’s Tammany Hall and its colorful leader “Boss Tweed” in the late 19th century perfected the art of “manufacturing votes” to elect the people they preferred and run the show in their manner. It set the...

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