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Community Insights Tech Addiction The Internet

In College, I Unplugged from Social Media. Here’s What I Learned.

A University of North Carolina student ditches social media--and comes to interesting conclusions about living, and learning.   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

Finance The Internet

What’s Missing From Pinterest’s IPO?

Why won't Pinterest's IPO price much exceed its private valuation of $12 billion? It seemed to have a great product/market fit, but there's a problem, especially compared to arch-rival Instagram. It doesn't offer sufficient incremental improvements in cost dynamics or productivity.   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

Global Tech The Internet

Why We Need More Online Friction

Most websites view transparency as a barrier to entry, or friction as friction gets in the way of profits. It also could be the saving grace for the web as society works to decrease misinformation and hate speech.   More

Global Tech Government The Internet

Why Zuckerberg Will Keep Failing in China

Despite impressive perseverance, Mark Zuckerberg's attempts to crack China are almost certainly destined to fail. Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick explains why, in this piece he wrote in mid-August for the South China Morning Post.   More

Government Opinion The Internet

Two Key Questions Zuckerberg Didn’t Answer

Mark Zuckerberg was interrogated this week by Recode's Kara Swisher, but the results were unsatisfying. The Facebook CEO does show growing contrition, but failed to answer two key questions that would help the world know if we have any hope of reducing the scourge of fake news and privacy violations that Facebook has helped engender.   More

Global Tech Innovation The Internet

Why the Future will Require Mesh Governance

Society is evolving quickly, with power more and more in networks. In turn, network edges are gaining in power. What this means for all of us is daunting. The author outlines a new form of order and governance he sees emerging.   More

Opinion Security & Privacy Society The Internet

Why Schrage Left Facebook

Elliot Schrage was a loyal and effective leader for Facebook, but his departure indicates significant shifts are underway at this so-controversial company. Watch who the next policy chief is to see if real change is likely.   More

Opinion Society The Internet

Why Facebook Fails at Creating Real Community

Facebook has created a lot of good in the world, and its mission remains admirable. But with its size, it has lost insight into its community--and it's ability to fulfill that mission.   More

Security & Privacy Society The Internet

Why We’re Obsessed With Facebook

In 2016 Mark Zuckerberg famously stood on our stage and declared that the idea of fake news on Facebook influencing the election was "crazy." Techonomy from its founding has been closely attentive to Facebook and its impact. Here we chronicle the path that led to Zuckerberg's testimony to Congress this week. We've written numerous stories, hosted company executives on stage, and published important opinion from outsiders.   More

From the Magazine Global Tech The Internet

Life on WeChat

WeChat is China's version of Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and even Amazon all rolled up into one. What makes connected networking different in Asia? What can we learn about China and about the internet from the devoted users of WeChat?   More

Opinion Startup Culture The Internet

Mea Culpas, the Tech Backlash,
and You

The year ended in a flurry of heartfelt mea culpas and welcome I told you so ’s from tech industry veterans, a byproduct of the tech backlash that characterized the second half of 2017.
To which I say, apology accepted.  Now what?   More

Media & Marketing The Internet

Both Blocking AT&T-Time Warner & Killing Net Neutrality Put Competition at Risk

With its two actions this week, the administration has sacrificed an opportunity to promote innovation and competition in the media industry. The result will be greater consolidation in the hands of a few dominant players.   More

Innovation Society Techonomy Events The Internet

Techonomy 2017: Will Machines Serve Man or Vice Versa?

Business leaders, policy experts and engineers gathered at Techonomy 2017 for two days of discussion on the promise and perils of a tech-driven future. Status Update: It’s complicated. Attendees painted a picture of great progress driven by innovation, but the way forward is fraught with peril.   More

Society Techonomy Events The Internet

At Techonomy 2017: Debating Tech’s Impact on Democracy

The theme of unintended consequences ran through every session at Techonomy 2017. While there is no clear solution, many speakers share a firm belief that more transparency – in algorithms, privacy policies, emerging AI capabilities, and in data security – can be big steps forward.   More

Internet of Things Society Techonomy Events The Internet

“The Internet Under Attack Is Civil Society Under Attack”

As the Internet becomes more and more vulnerable, civil society is under threat. Is it already too late? A panel at Techonomy 2017 paints a dire picture.   More

Business Community Insights The Internet

Winners and Losers in Next-Generation Internet Infrastructure

Global communications networks are at least as critical today as roads and bridges, but unlike most physical infrastructure, they aren't improved the same way. Software has emerged as the centerpiece for digital infrastructure. It means we can move more quickly, and along the way improve society.   More

Society The Internet

The Biggest Question Facing Internet Technology

This Guardian column by Rohan Gunatillake asks a question so obvious it sounds absurd: What if tech tried to be healing instead of just addictive? In a time when our biggest platforms are acquiring outsize influence in how society functions, it's an urgent topic all technologists need to engage with.   More

Community Insights Security & Privacy The Internet

Will Your Next Password Be a Brainwave?

Secure internet authentication with today's technology is more and more difficult. Even two-factor authentication is not enough. But at UC Berkeley, the next frontier in biometrics-based security is emerging: meet passthoughts—your brainwaves as an identifier, unique to an individual yet changeable anytime.   More