Category: facebook

It’s time to rein in the data barons (great read view MIT technology review)

“Jonathan Taplin, the director emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California, argues in Move Fast and Break Things, his book about the power of the internet giants, that rebel artists have long had to deal with “suits” who control distribution of their work. But the ...

Meine Präsentation: Bucerius Symposium Hamburg “Schafft der Mensch den Menschen ab”

Hier ist das Slidedeck | Here is the PDF (in German).  More details about the event here. PDF 20MB:  Technologie und Mensch Bucerius Lab Hamburg Gerd Leonhard Public Deck low res   Technology vs. Humanity? Die Gelegenheiten und Herausforderungen der nächsten 10 Jahre Gerd Leonhard // Moderation: Daniel Opper Der digitale Fortschritt beschleunigt sich rasant: ...

Yes I did #DeleteFacebook: Futurist Gerd Leonhard’s take. So would a paid-for, non-commercial platform be a better solution?

As of march 23, 2018, I am no longer active on Facebook and will be deleting my profile and all related pages in the next 2 weeks. Why? For me, the current Cambridge Analytica debacle is the straw that broke the camel’s back – enough is enough! Facebook can no longer be ...

Ein Podcast mit Tim Renner und Gerd Leonhard zum Thema Facebook und Politik – Podcast with Tim Renner (in German)

#deletefacebook – ist das wirklich die Lösung oder braucht es nicht vielmehr einen totalen Reset wie soziale Medien und andere globale Internet Plattformen unsere Daten nutzen dürfen…eine Art von “Statebook” der Bundesrepublik Deutschland? Hier diskutieren der Autor und Futurist Gerd Leonhard und der Musik Manager und ehemalige Berliner Kultur-Staatssekretär Tim Renner über Facebook.   Renner Leonhard Podcast Facebooks ...

Why Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Need to Be Disrupted (good read via Esquire)

  “Meanwhile, Facebook and Google (now known as Alphabet) are together worth $1.3 trillion. You could merge the world’s top five advertising agencies (WPP, Omnicom, Publicis, IPG, and Dentsu) with five major media companies (Disney, Time Warner, 21st Century Fox, CBS, and Viacom) and still need to add five major communications ...

Facebook is no longer ‘social’ anything – it’s an AI-platform that needs to be regulated (updated)

Last year’s reports that some apparently well-funded Russian entities used Facebook to systemically disseminate fake news and seed widespread dissent during the 2016 U.S. elections is not only worrisome because of the damage that is being done to the democratic process, the impact on the credibility of social media and the ...

How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics (NYT)

This is cultural hacking, said  Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. They are using systems that were already set up by these platforms to increase engagement. They are feeding outrage  and it’s easy to do, because outrage and emotion is how people share How Russia ...

Facebook’s war on free will – powerful Franklin Foer / TheGuardian story (made me think – a lot)

  “But we shouldn’t accept Facebook’s self-conception as sincere, either. Facebook is a carefully managed top-down system, not a robust public square. It mimics some of the patterns of conversation, but that’s a surface trait. In reality, Facebook is a tangle of rules and procedures for sorting information, rules devised by the ...

I invested early in Google and Facebook. Now they terrify me (great piece by Roger McNamee)

  “The people at Facebook and Google believe that giving consumers more of what they want and like is worthy of praise, not criticism. What they fail to recognize is that their products are not making consumers happier or more successful. Like gambling, nicotine, alcohol or heroin, Facebook and Google — most ...

Algorithms are failing Facebook. Can humanity save it? Made me think …via Quartz

“Facebook wanted to be pipes, but it’s also people Early in the company’s history, Zuckerberg referred to Facebook as a “utility,” a piece of “information infrastructure.” In a letter to potential shareholders in 2012, he compared the social network to the printing press and the television. But television manufacturers and printing press ...

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