Marietje Schaake and Vivian Schiller on Big Tech – FP, 9.06
Is high-tech a tool to further democratization or for greater oppression? And what solutions should be considered as governments look to regulate big tech? On this episode of Global Reboot, FP editor in chief Ravi Agrawal interviews Marietje Schaake, former member of the European Parliament, and Vivian Schiller, former president and CEO of NPR as well as the former head of news at Twitter, on Big Tech’s expansive role in our civic lives.
Twitter’s Presence in Africa Won’t End Internet Censorship – FP, 3.06
Big Tech companies see an opportunity for growth on the continent, but they risk becoming accessories to authoritarian regimes. By Torinmo Salau, a writer and journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria
Forget Trump. Facebook Should Go After Modi – FP, 10.05
Around the world, super influencers have used social media to sow chaos. Facebook’s “Supreme Court” should consider them too. By Bhaskar Chakravorti, the dean of global business at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Is Facebook a Failed State? – FP, 10.05
In deciding what to do about Donald Trump, the platform’s own “Supreme Court” punted. By Julie Posetti, global director of research at the International Center for Journalists, and Kalina Bontcheva, a professor in computer science at the University of Sheffield.
Extending the Trump Ban Won’t Heal Facebook’s Deeper Sickness – FP, 8.05
Apple cutting the social media giant off from iPhone user data could force a healthy change. By Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program and a columnist at Foreign Policy, and Alex Salkever, a technology writer and futurist.
Facebook’s power under scrutiny as Trump ban upheld – CH, 6.05
Keeping Donald Trump’s Facebook ban in place shows the vast power social media platforms hold, raising questions of whether that power is appropriately used.
Why America’s Trillion-Dollar War on Terrorism Couldn’t Defeat Boko Haram – FP, 30.04
A new book emphasizes the perils of social media campaigns and the limits of military intervention in saving Nigeria’s Chibok children. – By Nosmot Gbadamosi, a features journalist covering West Africa.
Can global technology governance anticipate the future? – CH, 22.04
Trying to govern disruption is perilous as complex technology is increasingly embedded in societies and omnipresent in economic, social, and political activity.
- După Facebook, datele a jumătate de miliard de membri LinkedIn au fost scoase la vânzare pe un forum de hacking – 12.04
- Facebook nu va notifica cei 533 de milioane de utilizatori ale căror date au fost expuse online – 10.04
Big Talk on Big Tech—but Little Action – FP, 6.04
In both the U.S. and EU, antitrust and regulatory efforts against Facebook, Google, and Amazon are gaining traction. But no one’s about to break them up. By Michael Hirsh
Social Media Is an Intel Gold Mine. Why Aren’t Governments Using It? – 26.03
“To platform or to deplatform” is the wrong debate. By Emanuele Ottolenghi
The World Must Regulate Tech Before It’s Too Late – FP, 21.03
We urgently need a global ethical consensus on how far technological advances can go. By Vivek Wadhwa, a columnist at Foreign Policy and a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program, and Tarun Wadhwa
How Washington fumbled the future – Politico, 16.03
A decade ago, a surging Silicon Valley giant was making plans to dominate the internet. Given a chance to stop it, regulators chosen by Barack Obama misread the evidence in front of their eyes.
Clubhouse și autoritarismul. De ce se tem monarhiile din Golf – Raul Pintilie, 27.02
Why Facebook Is Right to Pull the Plug on Australia – FP, 20.02
This isn’t about regulating Big Tech. It’s about fleecing foreigners for news that Australians no longer want to pay for. By Salvatore Babones
An Outbreak of Unapproved Fun Trashes Chinese Propagandist Hu Xijin – FP, 10.02
Just-banned app Clubhouse offered a rare chance to mess around freely online. By Brendan O’Kane
TikTok is the latest target in Italy’s crusade against Big Tech – Politico, 1.02
Cum ne-au acaparat giganții tech viețile și ne influențează deciziile – Alexandru Gugoașă, PressOne, 27.01
Taking Trump Down Has Exposed Social Media’s Inherent Contradictions – FP, 26.01
Capitalism is making decisions that democracy should.
Big tech: From Trump’s best friend to censorship machine? – EUObserver, 21.01
The Internet is a Crime Scene – FP, 20.01
How we conceptualize the role social media played in the Capitol siege will set the stage for information governance across the globe. By Joan Donovan, Gabrielle Lim
How to Counter White Supremacist Extremists Online – FP, 27.01
To stop future attacks like the Capitol invasion, the Biden administration must lead the way in pushing social media platforms to counter the far-right. By Bharath Ganesh
Why Are Moscow and Beijing Happy to Host the U.S. Far-Right Online? – FP, 22.01
Deplatformed extremist groups are turning to providers in authoritarian states. By Fergus Ryan
Expert: Social media to extremism is like oxygen to fire – 19.01
- CNN’s Sara Sidner reports on the use of social media by far-right extremists as experts fear the attack on the US Capitol may just be the beginning.
The deplatforming phenomenon – 18.01
- In this edition, we look more closely at the digital insurrection that has occurred in the last few days, as several companies decided to ban the US president from their platforms because of comments igniting hate. Did it infringe on free speech or was it a legitimate move? Regardless of one’s opinion, it marks a turning point for digital speech and a power shift towards Silicon Valley tech giants.
Boom in private companies offering disinformation-for-hire – FT, 14.01Oxford researchers find contractors employed to manipulate opinion in 48 countries
Report: “Epidemic of misinformation” is eroding trust in institutions – 13.01
- A new report warns that an “epidemic of misinformation” is eroding people’s trust in institutions. The Edelman Trust Barometer found widespread distrust of journalists, business leaders and government officials around the world.
Has Trump, tech and TV throttled press freedom? – Reuters, 13.01
- President Trump emboldened other leaders to quash press freedom, his message amplified by tech platforms and a mainstream media which did not know how to respond, three leading journalists and campaigners said at the #ReutersNext conference.
Telegram tries, and fails, to remove extremist content – Politico, 13.01
Trump’s social media ban reignites fight over how to police online content – Politico, 12.01
Europe has spent years figuring out how to curb harmful content, offering lessons to others on what works and what doesn’t.
Freedom of expression between ethics and media ecology – Luca De Biase, OECD Forum, 11.02
Free speech row: Germany and France oppose Trump’s social media ban – 11.01
Tech Faces Backlash With Trump Twitter Ban, Parler Offline – 11.01
Law unto themselves? Social media block Trump amid calls to regulate Big Tech – 11.01
- Two elections too late? Twitter permanently banning Donald Trump’s account, Facebook suspending it through Inauguration Day, and other social media jumping on the bandwagon of curbing false claims of a stolen election. For four years, the US president has been spreading disinformation from the Oval Office.
Thierry Breton: Capitol Hill — the 9/11 moment of social media – 9.01
The Capitol Hill riot exposes the fragility of our democracies — and the threat underregulated tech companies can pose to their survival.
Power of big tech will remain a thorn in media’s side in 2021 – Irish Times, 5.01
Covid-19 crisis has opened the industry’s eyes, but old problems haven’t gone away
7 Reasons Why Silicon Valley Will Have a Tough Time With the Biden Administration – FP, 28.12
The coziness between Washington and Big Tech is over. By Vivek Wadhwa, Tarun Wadhwa
Tech Giants Are Giving China a Vital Edge in Espionage – FP, 18.12
U.S. officials say private Chinese firms have been enlisted to process stolen data for their country’s spy agencies.
How Should Democracies Confront China’s Digital Rise? Weighing the Merits of a T-10 Alliance – CFR, 30.11
Democracies should ask themselves whether forming yet another elite club of wealthy states represents the best means to counter China’s and fellow authoritarians’ digital rise.
Your Digital Footprint Is Worryingly Easy to Match to Reality – FP, 12.20
Here’s how to stop bleeding information about yourself online. By Natalia Antonova
To Stop Fake News, Online Journalism Needs a Global Watchdog – FP, 6.11.19
Without regulations that push search engines and social media companies to prioritize reliable and truthful sources of information, propaganda and censored content will dominate digital platforms.