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“Vitriol” Towards Net Giants Was an Unexpected Theme of Techonomy 2017

Facebook and Google took the brunt of criticism at Techonomy 2017, the net giants serving as proxies for an entire tech industry that increasingly appears unwilling to take responsibility for the power it wields.   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

From the Magazine Global Tech Government

Amazon, Facebook, and Google: Too big to tolerate. Too big to stop.

As society begins to realize it has allowed globe-spanning commercial net giants too much power, it also becomes clear that figuring a policy response will be hard. Techonomy's co-founder, author of The Facebook Effect, weighs in on the disturbing and growing controversy over what comes next.   More

Society Techonomy Events

What’s Techonomic Now?

The news is techonomic: Equifax attack exposes data of nearly half of all Americans; Amazon price drops at Whole Foods decimate grocery stocks; Apple Watch used by Red Sox for cheating; Facebook harbored Russian fake news. Tech is altering business and society, which is why Techonomy 2017 in November is aimed explicitly at helping attendees understand how to cope and thrive amidst the digital chaos.   More

Business Opinion

Zuckerberg is Changing—Can Facebook Catch Up?

Building communities is hard. Mark Zuckerberg now wants Facebook to deliberately do more of it and to "bring the world closer together." But Yatish Rajawat of India's LocalCircles has actually been managing online purpose-based communities, and learned difficult lessons in the process. Is Facebook really ready to follow its leader?   More

Opinion The Internet

Your Newsfeed is not “The Internet”

We now have “fake” fake news and “real” fake news… and as of this weekend, “alternative facts.” The World Wide Web of today no longer exhibits the youthful innocence that it once did. Facebook and Twitter are not responsible for sheltering you from false information. You are.   More

Government Security & Privacy Society

Of Tech and Trump

The tech industry continues to loom large in the responses to this year’s election and plays multiple interesting roles in its aftermath: Russia has been accused of "hacking" the election, Facebook has been forced to address its fake news issue, tech leaders met this week with president-elect Trump, and more.   More

Media & Marketing Opinion The Internet

Like it or not, the Attention Economy is Adding Emotion

The Attention Economy is becoming the Emotion Economy. Average screen time in the U.S. is almost 11 hours per day. Now tech companies are adding visual and other elements to insert emotion into communication. And virtual reality may take it even further. I only hope it will make us feel good.   More

Healthcare Techonomy Events

At Techonomy 2016, a Vision of Disrupted Healthcare

Medicine will be unrecognizable in the coming decades, with technology changes leading to better care at home, vanishing hospitals, and doctors who can monitor patients’ activity and health between visits. Leaders in various sectors who spoke at Techonomy 2016 contributed to the futuristic picture.   More

Business Society Techonomy Events

Facebook Influenced Election? Crazy Idea, Says Zuckerberg

Dismissing the idea that fake stories in Facebook's News Feed influenced the outcome of the U.S. election, Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at Techonomy16, grabbed global headlines and no breaks from tech reporters. It was by no means the only thing he discussed, but it got all the coverage.   More

Government

To the Next Administration: Use Tech to Implement Every Program

We asked attendees at the upcoming Techonomy 2016 conference "What is the most important tech-related issue the incoming administration should tackle?" Tech leader and publisher Tim O'Reilly responded that the biggest challenge will be bringing a tech-centric approach to everything government does.   More

Healthcare Society

Thanks to Social Media, Rare Progress on Rare Diseases

Progress in rare diseases has always been painfully slow, partly because so few are affected that study is challenging. Now, with social media, patients are able to band together, giving critical mass to efforts like fundraising and clinical trial enrollment that might otherwise wither away.   More

Global Tech Government Society

A Zimbabwean Pastor Built an Anti-Corruption Movement with Facebook

With his country falling apart around him, straining under the weight of corruption and oppression, Evan Mawarire took to Facebook Live to vent his frustration. What has emerged is a nationwide movement of Zimbabweans, united under the hashtag #ThisFlag, who are eager to restore Zimbabwe to its former glory and end the scourge of corruption.   More

Global Tech Media & Marketing

The Facebook Pushback in India: Anti-Corporate, Anti-American, Anti-Poor

There's huge controversy in India over Facebook's "Free Basics" Internet plan, part of the global Internet.org initiative the company has been spearheading. Facebook's aim, it says, is to get more people onto the Internet, since being online is essential for participation in any modern economy. In India, however, the project is encountering fierce resistance from elites who say it violates "net neutrality." But do all the critics--mostly upper-class and affluent Indian pundits, professors and anti-corporate activists--have a better way to get many millions of less-privileged Indians onto the Internet?   More

Global Tech

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Facebook?!

Facebook’s plan to provide Internet access to the roughly 10 percent of the Earth’s population that lives too far from cell towers or landlines to get online is moving forward. Or, more accurately, upward. The company released more details last week about how exactly they’re hoping to make the plan a reality. One key component: drones, solar-powered and with the wingspan of a Boeing 737, nearly 100 feet from wingtip to wingtip.   More

Business

What to Expect from Oculus’ Big Event Today

The Oculus event marks a milestone for the company and for its owner Facebook. While its Oculus Samsung Gear VR viewer for Samsung smartphones has been on the market awhile, it has been limited to people who have a couple specific models of smartphone and also to very limited amounts of VR content, generally of a much lower quality than will soon be possible. Today's 1:00 pm ET event marks the first time Oculus has told the world exactly what kind of experience to expect from its flagship PC-connected device, which we hope will emerge later this year.   More

Analytics & Data Government Partner Insights

Washington Is Changing. Companies Have to Change with It

Digital technology transformed business models for the media, manufacturing, and sports industries. Now shifts in how Washington works require that companies adopt new, technology-driven government affairs strategies. Here are some of the signs of the transformation underway in Washington: a decrease in Congressional action; increased complexity in regulations; the growing relevance of social media; and the proliferation of information services and access to new information. For businesses of all sizes in all industries, there has never been a more critical moment to recognize these changes and act on them.   More

Global Tech

Apple’s New Security Concessions to Beijing

Apple is deepening its uneasy embrace of Beijing security officials, with word that it has agreed to allow security audits for products that it sells in China. This latest development comes less than a year after Apple took the unusual step of moving some of the user information it collects to China-based servers, which was also aimed at placating security-conscious regulators in Beijing.   More

Global Tech

China Reaches out to Facebook in Growing Courtship

I have to commend Mark Zuckerberg for his tenacity, after the Facebook founder once again made headlines for receiving a visit from a top Chinese Internet official visiting the U.S. There are several interesting things about this latest development involving Zuckerberg’s endless quest to bring Facebook to China, beginning with the source of this latest news.   More

Techonomy Events

A Conversation with David Marcus, VP of Messaging Products, Facebook

At the Techonomy 2014 conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Bloomberg's Emily Chang chats with David Marcus, the new vice president of messaging products at Facebook, about the emergence of Messenger as a networking tool.   More