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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

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