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Media & Marketing Tech & Society

In 2021 Digital Communities Will Deepen–and Even Blend

Discord, Substack, Patreon, and the metaverse are just the tip of the community iceberg.   More

Analytics & Data Media & Marketing Security & Privacy

How to solve ad tech’s “identity crisis” – before monopolists take control and consumers pay the price

Billions of people rely on digital services and online content to connect them to the rest of the world. Foursquare's Josh Cohen says it's possible to to build a future where consumer privacy is protected, monopolies are avoided, and ad tech companies can access the data they need.   More

Community Insights Media & Marketing The Pandemic

No Enchantment Across a Crowded Zoom

What is lost over Zoom is the energy among people. The seeing and the hearing. The glances and microexpressions. We need to regain the fidelity of these essential signals so we can restore the serendipity of group interactions.   More

Community Insights Media & Marketing

Post-Pandemic, Brands Must Find Empathy

How consumers see brands is getting reset, so brands need to reimagine what they stand for. There’s a unique opportunity, right now, for them to become part of the stories and memories we all forming during this awful pandemic year.   More

Innovation Media & Marketing The Pandemic

Swipe Left to Connect: Dating Apps Set the Stage for Business

We’ve mastered attending virtual conferences, but the human connection is hard to find. We’re housebound, with screens our only portal for meeting new people. So a few new companies are taking their cues from the singles scene to come up with solutions.   More

Democracy Media & Marketing Opinion

Murdoch Might Want Trump To Lose; But Zucker For Him to Win

With all the unfair and unbalanced shilling Fox News does for Donald Trump, it may come as a surprise that Rupert Murdoch may actually be rooting for Joe Biden. As for Jeff Zucker, a Biden win could mean tanking ratings for CNN.   More

Innovation Media & Marketing Tech & Society

Will Zoom Be Your New Happy Place? For Everything?

With 300 million daily participant meetings, Zoom now aims to move from being just a video conference solution to become a digital ecosystem, "delivering happiness."   More

Community Insights Media & Marketing The Pandemic

Your Pandemic-Era Business Model: Digital Dimes

If the historic Big Shift in media offers useful signposts, businesses can expect more competition, faster change, and continuous downward pressure on price. So, here are three recommendations from a recovering media executive.   More

Arts & Culture Design Media & Marketing

Pandemic Fashion and Beauty: Does Reality Still Matter?

As we stare at our screens for a larger portion of each day, the lines between real and digital are getting fuzzier. Phase 2 of screen life will blur real and digital even more.   More

Media & Marketing Net Giants Tech & Society

The Social Dilemma’s Blind Spot

A scene from Netflix's documentary The Social Dilemma

A documentary on the ills of social media does well at explaining certain problems, but its own obliviousness highlights the critical underlying issue.   More

Democracy Media & Marketing Policy

I Joined Parler So You Didn’t Have To

As Facebook and Twitter begin to flag more hate speech and misinformation, new social media hangouts step up to fill the void, for those who don’t like such censorship.   More

Media & Marketing Net Giants Policy

Gaming Is Changing the Ecosystem of Tech

If you want to see the future of technology and policy, look no further than digital gaming. Not only are they at the cutting edge in consumer behavior, gaming apps like Fortnite are now in the middle of a national debate about state-of-the-art tech regulation.   More

Media & Marketing Member Insights Net Giants

Don’t Swim Against the Tide of “Nuance Destruction”

As long as social media's financial incentives favor engagement (or "enragement") over quality, its filtering algorithms will be designed to be favorable to messages of hate and fear.   More

Media & Marketing Tech & Society

As Fake Videos Threaten, New Tools Help Fight Back

As video becomes the hieroglyphics of our time, we’ll rely on it to communicate more than ever. And increasingly we’re coming to doubt the veracity of all things video.   More

Arts & Culture Business Media & Marketing

Will TikTok Get Its Green Card?

Controlled by a Chinese media conglomerate and the social media of choice for U.S. 16-24-year-olds, TikTok is being scrutinized and dissected by everyone.   More

Media & Marketing Tech & Society Techonomy Events

Techonomy Virtual Day Five: Understanding the TikTok Dance

On thefinal day of our virtual Reset + Restore conference, we explored marketing to generation TikTok, Mastercard secures data, and the Covid-driven telehealth boom.   More

Arts & Culture Media & Marketing Sustainable Development Goals

Could QR Codes Help Solve Social Injustice?

QR codes have been around for a while, but haven’t found their killer application. An unlikely group of activists are getting excited about a new use for them.   More

Arts & Culture Media & Marketing Tech & Society

What Hamilton Tells Us About Silicon Valley

The parallels to today’s Silicon Valley should not be lost. Hamilton’s crew were eking out a framework for democracy. Theirs was a very serious sort of start-up.   More

Media & Marketing Net Giants

The Facebook Boycott is About Principle, Not Advertising

This boycott is not about advertising. It is about principle. This is about a media platform that wants to disavow any responsibility for policing the content that is posted on it or the advertising that is purchased for unfettered and highly-targeted distribution and redistribution across its membership.   More

Government Media & Marketing Tech & Society

How We Teens Used TikTok to Prank the Trump Rally

Teens on TikTok last week played a major prank on the Trump campaign in classic Gen-Z fashion. The goal was to fool the Trump campaign about how many people wanted to attend, so in the end, seats would be empty. Here's what happened.   More