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Analytics & Data Government Net Giants

To Regulate Facebook and Google, Turn Users Into Customers

The seductive idea that we can enjoy free internet services -- if we just view ads and turn over our data -- has been recognized to be “the original sin” of the Internet. Requiring internet platforms to generate revenue from users could drive better corporate behavior.   More

Democracy Government Tech & Society

What Two 2020 Presidential Candidates Said on the Techonomy Stage

Presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker and Andrew Yang are advocates for tech and believers in its economic importance. Yes, they are techonomists, and both have spoken on our stage. Hear their take on the issues in these exclusive conference videos.   More

Government International Affairs Tech & Society

Why Silicon Valley Demands Diplomats

In 2017 the Government of Denmark decided to elevate technology and digitalization to a crosscutting foreign and security policy priority. The initiative was named technological diplomacy, or simply #TechPlomacy.   More

Global Tech Government Sustainable Development Goals

Jeffrey Sachs Gets Heat for Defending Huawei

Economist Jeffrey Sachs is under extreme criticism for suggesting that U.S. efforts to prosecute Huawei for violations of sanctions against Iran are counterproductive and harmful to global relations. This article in the South China Morning Post explains his situation in detail.   More

Government Net Giants Security & Privacy

After Latest Facebook Fiasco, Focus Falls on Federal Commission

The New York Times revealed Facebook had secret deals with numerous companies for access to user data. It's only the latest of many privacy crises for Facebook. What next? The Federal Trade Commission had already reopened a longstanding action against Facebook, and new Chair Joseph Simons has indicated this is exactly the kind of behavior he intends to take action about.   More

Government Techonomy Events

Can Government Learn to Fail Fast?

Code for America's Jennifer Pahlka fully acknowledges that tech and government do not mix well, yet she is determined to raise the bar. She's going to need everybody's help.   More

Government Innovation Techonomy Events

White House Tech Advisor Focuses on Innovation

Michael Kratsios came to Techonomy2018 to show the administration's support for innovation. The audience of tech and business leaders was polite but skeptical.   More

From the Magazine Government

Can the Government Keep Up with the Pace of Tech?

Emerging technologies are set to upend everything; U.S. lawmakers aren’t ready, and those in Silicon Valley aren’t helping.   More

Government Techonomy Events

How Trump’s Top Tech Advisor Aims to Keep the US Innovative

Michael Kratsios is leading President Trump's national tech policy. Techonomy’s Josh Kampel and David Kirkpatrick recently visited Washington to spend time with Kratsios. What are his priorities? How is the Trump administration thinking about tech and innovation?   More

Global Tech Government The Internet

Why Zuckerberg Will Keep Failing in China

Despite impressive perseverance, Mark Zuckerberg's attempts to crack China are almost certainly destined to fail. Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick explains why, in this piece he wrote in mid-August for the South China Morning Post.   More

Government Media & Marketing Security & Privacy

Senator Warner: 20 Ways to Tame Social Media

A new paper from Senator Mark Warner lays out some of the policy options for taming the tech giants — but does it stop short?   More

Government Opinion The Internet

Two Key Questions Zuckerberg Didn’t Answer

Mark Zuckerberg was interrogated this week by Recode's Kara Swisher, but the results were unsatisfying. The Facebook CEO does show growing contrition, but failed to answer two key questions that would help the world know if we have any hope of reducing the scourge of fake news and privacy violations that Facebook has helped engender.   More

Global Tech Government Opinion

Why Facebook Should Hire Barack Obama

Many of the company's ongoing crises result from an insufficient understanding of global politics and how Facebook changes it. Zuckerberg needs someone he'll listen to, like the 44th president of the United States.   More

Business From the Magazine Government

Jeffrey Sachs is Upset

We don't take the U. N. Sustainable Development Goals seriously enough. Tech is indispensable for achieving them. Economist Jeffrey Sachs is unimpressed with business' commitment so far, especially the tech giants, he told Techonomy in this exclusive interview. From the latest Techonomy Magazine.   More

Global Tech Government Opinion Security & Privacy

How the FTC Could Have Prevented the Facebook Mess

The FTC issued a 2011 consent order against Facebook to protect the privacy of user data. But the Commission never enforced the order, even as Facebook disregarded its provisions. If the order had been enforced, there would be no Cambridge Analytica story.   More

Artificial Intelligence Government Partner Insights

Lessons for Business as the Pentagon Embraces AI

As AI's influence in the U.S. military grows, business leaders must consider the nature of their partnerships with defense agencies. Advanced AI may even force change — both operational and cultural — throughout the United States' large defense organization.   More

Global Tech Government International Affairs

Gates Foundation Supports Tech in Kenya Despite Political Turmoil

Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, launched Pathways for Prosperity, a commission on technology and inclusive development in Nairobi, Kenya. The technological innovations that the commission is investigating is at a nascent stage in Kenya, however, and political turmoil threatens real progress.   More

Global Tech Government

Tech Takes Davos While Facebook Takes Hits

The World Economic Forum this year was practically the World Technology Forum. Unlike in years past, leaders there, especially heads of state, acknowledged the depth of transformation underway in a digitized economy. Meanwhile attendees and press much criticized the net giants, notably Facebook, for threats they may pose to mental health and democracy.   More

Business Government Society

BlackRock Makes an Extraordinary Challenge to Business

In a remarkable letter to the business community, BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink says business must step into the void left by government in taking on society's biggest global challenges.   More

Cryptocurrency Finance Government

Investing in Bitcoin is Antisocial

Bitcoin is all the rage until it's not. A libertarian dream, it implies a distrust of established governments. This has finally sunk in on the governments themselves, and may be a cause of its continued decline. The associated blockchain technology, however, may be the real keeper.   More