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Community Insights Net Giants Opinion Security & Privacy

A Zucker-Wolf in Privacy-Sheep’s Clothing

Despite his supposedly "Privacy-Focused Vision," it seems clear that Zuckerberg will not voluntarily go where he must. So we must force him to make needed changes in the core Facebook business model, one way or another.   More

Democracy Net Giants Security & Privacy

To Protect Net Freedom, We Have to Work Together

Governments in too many countries build fake websites to catch us, or jam satellite signals to prevent information from traveling over their borders.   Journalists are often jailed and too often their lives are in danger. Our world is experiencing a steady decrease in freedom and that should concern all of us.   More

Net Giants Opinion Tech & Society

Zuckerberg’s Privacy Contradictions

The Facebook CEO's 3200 word paean to privacy is fraught with implications, not all of them necessarily intended. For all the words, this company is not yet devoted to privacy. Investors looking at all this might be inclined to sell.   More

Community Insights Internet of Things Net Giants

Real Customer Service Can’t Happen Yet on Smart Speakers

It’s easy to imagine a world in which companies collaborate to provide voice-enabled customer service through virtual personal assistants. In fact, it could be a major economic enabler. But Amazon Alexa and Google Home aren't smart enough yet.   More

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 Net Giants The Internet

The Internet Civil War

The internet is in jeopardy. A small band of global technology companies have achieved a scale and influence that dwarfs most countries, and an existential split over the internet has emerged between nations. If we are going to retain the internet's extraordinary social, economic, and democratic power, we must push back.   More

Net Giants

Why Big Cap Tech is So Big

Uneven outcomes, for companies and people, are inescapable. And uneven outcomes often lead to gigantic companies. That is often good for all of us, but when data is mishandled, even the biggest net giants risk displacement.   More

Finance Net Giants

Why Amazon Will Keep Winning

Amazon's latest results only underscore the scale of the company's opportunity. Our resident analysts deconstruct the earnings and explain why you should be optimistic, if you weren't already, about this amazing company's continuing potential to win.   More

Global Tech Net Giants

David Kirkpatrick’s Travel Journal: JFK-SIN-MUC, Facebook, Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

Editor-in-chief David Kirkpatrick is in the midst of a round-the-world swing for Techonomy, doing interviews and moderating programs. From Singapore to Munich, to Davos, David shares highlights from his interview with Jerry Yang, his takeaways from Sheryl Sandberg's appearance at DLD, and more.   More

Finance Net Giants

Time is Money, Money is Time, and What That Means for Tech

Once you start thinking about time as the currency, it becomes easier to see which companies will succeed and which will fail. The ones that save us time will become the most valuable.   More

Community Insights Net Giants Society

Google Search Results Are Dumbing Down

Google is not the source it once was, argues analyst Kay. Advertising considerations have undercut its previously less-biased approach to information, as is happening across the net. This is a major cautionary tale about where we're headed. And it makes him nostalgic for print, where nothing ever goes away.   More

Finance Net Giants

2019 Market Predictions: Apple and Amazon Bounce, China Caves

Markets may be haywire now, but next year Amazon and Apple could head back to the trillion-dollar mark, says our analyst. He also sees China caving on trade and Uber capitalizing on ads. Privacy, though, will be a hallmark of success this year.   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