Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced a sea change for Facebook, one that "will mean taking positions on important issues concerning the future of the internet," he wrote. I think he's right, and not just because Facebook is the Internet in some countries or because its products have affected elections and the public order (or lack thereof) in many countries, including ours. I agree, too, … [Read more...] about The Internet’s changing. Internet safety needs to too.
Part 1 of this series was 2018 highlights. Now it’s time to shine light on some interesting ideas and developments that people have surfaced for a better Internet in 2019 and beyond. We’ll look at a new middle layer of user care that’s being discussed by some – and gradually being built out, little by little, worldwide. Called for by the conditions of our new media environment, it’s a new layer of … [Read more...] about Digital safety 2019: The new ‘middle layer’ of user care (Part 2)
The "Cambridge Analytica scandal," as seen in so many headlines, is giving way to a more thoughtful – and crucial – international discussion about not only data privacy but an even bigger question: where our social development is at this point in the planet's technological development, the part we call the Internet. Here are a few thoughts on that and, below them, links to coverage that I feel … [Read more...] about Social media’s next phase: A new social contract?
A few years ago, during the huge flap among Facebook users about its then new "News Feed," a journalist asked Mark Zuckerberg why it was so important to have that new feature, author/activist Eli Pariser relates in a TED Talk. Zuckerberg responded, "A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa." Whether or not Zuckerberg … [Read more...] about Why social media help private citizens want to help solve public problems
All the other news this past week kept crowding out the Facebook movie, which I figure many of you have seen by now, maybe with your kids. The film, released last Friday, has done well at the box office, having made $28.7 million by Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday, and expected to gross another $12 million to 15 million this weekend. Movie critics really liked it. The film … [Read more...] about Facebook the movie