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Tech & Society The Internet

Craigslist Turns 25–Proof That a Democratic Internet Can Still Thrive

Craigslist has remained successful without giving up its values of anonymity, accessibility and transparency. The platform shows that some elements of the early web are worth holding onto.   More

Artificial Intelligence Davos 2020 Partner Insights Tech & Society

What is Tech’s Responsibility to Society?

Two amazing leaders–Microsoft's Brad Smith and investor and author Kai-Fu Lee–recently had a high-velocity conversation about tech's trajectory on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.   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

Artificial Intelligence Inclusion Tech & Society

Is AI Male?

It is, until those creating and testing it are no longer just a bunch of guys. It would improve the software and contribute more to progress if the AI workforce reflected society, both in gender and all sorts of human diversity.   More

Leadership Partner Insights Tech & Society

Microsoft President Brad Smith, on Rethinking a Tech Company’s Role

Microsoft's top lawyer recently co-authored a book, and shared insights with Techonomy on tech, how Cambridge Analytica changed Washington, and other topics.   More

Security & Privacy Tech & Society

WhatsApp is a Threat to Society. Here’s How to Fix It.

More than 1.5 billion people use WhatsApp, and the platform's astonishing scale and speed have become vehicles for dangerous ammunition.   More

Innovation Tech & Society

Could Gaming Change the World?

Online gaming is not only a much bigger and more important industry than most people recognize. It's also, say some experts, a pathway that will enable society to evolve and transform.   More

Tech & Society Techonomy Events

The Many Facets of Techonomy 2019

Techonomy 2019 conference is next week. We'll range from how to remedy tech's harms to new architectures to computing to startups finding new ways to create food. Today's tech landscape is so intertwined that we believe it helps to think about all those things together.   More

Global Tech Media & Marketing Tech & Society

Facebook’s Creating a Content “Supreme Court.” That’s a Problem.

This should have U.S. regulators challenging the world’s largest social media company's right to operate with virtually no oversight. Thankfully, the European Union is taking action.   More

E-Commerce Innovation Tech & Society

How to Understand China’s Social E-Commerce Giant

If you're interested in e-commerce, pay attention to rapidly-growing Pinduoduo--a Chinese fusion of elements that call to mind Costco, Disneyland, and QVC.   More

Community Insights Security & Privacy Tech & Society

The App Economy Has a Problem With Strangers

The author explains why tech companies have an urgent responsibility to create tools to protect consumer safety.   More

Community Insights Tech & Society

Big Data Isn’t Removing Tech’s Bias. It’s Worsening Social Problems.

Collecting more data doesn’t actually improve diversity, fairness and justice. It increases how much people are surveilled by poorly regulated tech companies.   More

From the Magazine Tech & Society

Are You Related to a Killer? Police Want to Know.

Tech innovations are empowering consumers—and law enforcement. But civil liberties leaders are concerned.   More

Community Insights From the Magazine Tech & Society

Tech Workers are Rising Up. The Industry Must Change.

The tech industry faces growing pressure to prioritize people over profits. Much of the scrutiny comes from the emerging tech worker movement.   More

Tech & Society Techonomy Events

Can Tech Make Us Happier IRL?

He founded Meetup to help people connect offline. Now he wants tech to find new ways to bring people together.   More

Tech & Society Techonomy Events

Techonomy NYC: Down on Tech, but Upbeat About a Humanized Future

The big takeaway from this year's New York conference: Our approach to creating technology must change. It has to become more intentional, human-centered, and explicitly responsible.   More

Analytics & Data Community Insights Tech & Society

How to Manage — and Remove — Bias in AI

We have a tremendous opportunity to design fairness and transparency into our decision-making systems.   More

Security & Privacy Tech & Society

How Facebook and Google Changed Privacy’s Meaning

To understand privacy, you have to define it. Our writers unpack the evolving meaning of privacy in the digital age.   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

Jobs Tech & Society

Diversity Difficulties in Tech: Women need to be prepared to change the rules

“We have to rethink everything. If you think about the world we’re living in, men designed it. They selected the players. They selected the rules. Then, they selected what ‘winning’ looks like. We don’t quite fit that. Women have to be fundamentally prepared to change the rules.”   More