Facebook Escapes Hanging

June 30, 2021

The world has changed radically over the past 200 years. At the same time, some of the most critical institutions in the most powerful nations either haven’t noticed the change or are so committed to an archaic worldview that they can no longer adapt to conditions they refuse to understand. They...

Who Will Make Rules for the Internet?

June 22, 2020

National legislations across the European Union — with the exception of states that have implemented their own digital laws, such as Germany and France — are very difficult to enforce when it comes to online. This is because, in the absence of overarching legislation that...

Twitter’s Software Engineering Leads to Mind Engineering

August 27, 2019

In an article published by The Week, technology columnist Navneet Alang recounts his successful attempt (at least for the moment) to wean himself off Twitter. Addicted since 2007, the author describes how Twitter has succeeded in deforming his perception of the world. At one point, he focuses...

How Can Social Media Firms Tackle Hate Speech?

September 23, 2018

Social media companies want to create a “safe” environment for users, and yet they would like to be seen as upholding the American value of free speech. When it comes to hate speech, what should they do? For years, social media companies have done relatively little to keep hate speech off of...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Yet Another Zuckerberg “Apology”

April 09, 2018

The US has produced a culture of celebrities apologizing, which applies in particular to entertainers and politicians. A sense of history always helps us to understand contemporary phenomena. Wired has published a scathing article on Facebook culture, reminding us of Mark Zuckerberg’s penchant...