Democracy

What Hamilton Tells Us About Silicon Valley

The parallels to today’s Silicon Valley should not be lost. Hamilton’s crew were eking out a framework for democracy. Theirs was a very serious sort of start-up.

A 16-Year-Old’s View: How Social Media is Changing 21st-Century Civil Rights

Protests are now organized, debated, and reported on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook, among others. Our 16-year-old intern on social media and the current moment.

Let’s Also Flatten the Curve on Another Virus

Even as the world fights Covid-19, another kind of virus is making that harder--willful disinformation, often planted by governments like Russia. Fake news about Covid is rampant.

Making Elections Resilient Against Pandemics

COVID-19 hits in an election year, which raises many questions about how we cope. We need modern voting tech to help democracy be more resilient, argues a former director of research at the NSA.

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...

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...

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...

What Two 2020 Presidential Candidates Said on the Techonomy Stage

Presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker and Andrew Yang are advocates for tech and believers in its economic importance. Yes, they are techonomists, and both have spoken on our stage. Hear their take on the issues...

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,...

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