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Government Net Giants Opinion Policy

Historic hearing portends new era for Tech Titans

The government has awakened. No matter which mega-wealthy tech power broker you think did best at yesterday’s U.S. House Antitrust Subcommittee hearing, the central message to take away is that the era of disregard is over.   More

Net Giants Opinion Policy

Tech Companies Must Drop ICE: A High School Activist’s Opinion

Tech companies must be accountable for what their tech is used for. There must be a higher standard of ethics and regulations in the tech industry.   More

Global Tech Net Giants

Facebook Reform Must Be Seen as a Global Matter

Facebook is, by all available evidence, unwilling and unable to embrace civil rights fundamentals, including non-discrimination and racism, without being taken to court. How did we end up here?   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

Inclusion Net Giants Tech & Society

Is FB a Media Company? It’s Not Mark’s Call.

Facebook says it's not a media company. But advertisers are saying it is, and it must take action. Will the company finally take the responsible steps its true customers now demand?   More

Community Insights Net Giants

The Innovative Structure That Could Save Facebook

A misguided ideology has warped companies, economies, and societies: that the sole purpose of corporations is to maximize short-term returns to one set of stakeholders: those who have bought shares. A new model is readily available: for-benefit status.   More

Business Leadership Net Giants

Understanding Bezonomics, and the Amazon Flywheel

Amazon is the company we love and fear. Brian Dumaine's new book Bezonomics dives deep into what makes it so powerful, and how Jeff Bezos thinks.   More

Media & Marketing Net Giants Tech & Society

Zuckerberg’s Jealousy (re Instagram), Apple’s Insularity, and Praise for Amazon, Google, and Microsoft

The giants of tech have amazingly impressive operations, but there are warts. Two top tech journalists with new books explain Instagram's travails and what every company can take away from the "engineer's mindset" of Silicon Valley.   More

Net Giants Tech & Society Techonomy Events

Author Levy: Facebook is “Ripe for Exploitation”

Steven Levy, longtime author and editor at large for Wired, told a Techonomy online audience in early April “I’m not one to write a polemic.” But as he let the facts speak for themselves, they often turn out to be damning, in his recent and lauded Facebook: The Inside Story.   More

Net Giants Opinion Tech & Society

Zuckerberg Doesn’t Want to be Liked. That’s Scary.

Facebook has frightening power to determine what can and cannot be said in society and in politics. Yet its all-powerful unchallengeable leader is getting frustrated with his critics, and retreating further into self-righteous isolation.   More

Democracy Global Tech Net Giants Opinion Techonomy Events

What Are the Real Issues We Must Urgently Address?

To get the world off an increasingly worrisome and self-reinforcing cycle of tech dysfunction, political paralysis, and failed action on climate, we all must get involved. Techonomy is committed, and we tackle all these issues at our conference next week.   More

Community Insights Net Giants Security & Privacy

Why Facebook’s New Privacy Cop Will Fail

The world’s largest social media company must have an independent monitor, as a result of a federal privacy settlement. But the monitor will lack the authority to have meaningful impact, argues the Dean of Global Business at Tufts.   More

Community Insights Net Giants Opinion

Kirkpatrick Critiques Facebook on Keen’s Podcast

On his podcast Keen on Democracy, Andrew Keen entitles his interview with Techonomy's founder "Why David Kirkpatrick Turned on Facebook." Whether he did is debatable, but Kirkpatrick does not mince words here.   More

Cities Innovation Net Giants

How Microsoft is Tackling Homelessness in Seattle

Seattle’s economy is booming, thanks partly to tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon. Now, Microsoft is launching a program that may help alleviate the region's affordable housing crisis.   More

Finance Net Giants

Why Facebook’s Libra Could Be Way More Than a Currency

Facing regulatory heat, Facebook may need a hedge in case targeted ads become less profitable. Libra could plant the seeds for a whole new approach.   More

Community Insights Government Net Giants

Congress Must Go Further to Rein In Big Tech

The unchecked power of tech giants works against society's interests. Congress has made a welcome start, but has much more to do to evaluate and regulate the real and potential harms these companies cause.   More

Net Giants The Internet

Don’t Break Up Big Tech. Reduce Founder Control Instead.

If you want to hold big tech companies accountable, get rid of the corporate structure that overly empowers founder-led management teams: dual-class shares.   More

Net Giants Policy Security & Privacy

Zuckerberg’s Regulatory About-Face

Mark Zuckerberg took a major new step over the weekend, issuing a blunt call for government intervention to set rules for the internet – and Facebook. This is a sea change, and historic, even if far too late. Yet, Facebook’s CEO deserves credit for finally and clearly acknowledging that the respective roles of government and net platforms has to change.   More

Net Giants Policy

Why Breaking Up Big Tech Isn’t the Answer

There’s lots of talk about breaking up the world’s largest tech companies. You do deserve to be mad and even grab your pitchforks and demand justice. But simply breaking these companies into pieces is not going to help consumers.   More

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