πŸ“‘ How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump

Bookmarked How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump by Zeynep Tufekci (MIT Technology Review)
To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.
Zeynep Tufekci captures some of the complexities associated with fixing up big tech. A few things that stand out is that the answer is not splitting up big tech or simply respond to the threat of Russia. As she explains:

Russia did not instigate the moves that have reduced Americans’ trust in health authorities, environmental agencies, and other regulators. Russia did not create the revolving door between Congress and the lobbying firms that employ ex-politicians at handsome salaries. Russia did not defund higher education in the United States. Russia did not create the global network of tax havens in which big corporations and the rich can pile up enormous wealth while basic government services get cut.

Instead we need to:

Figure out how our institutions, our checks and balances, and our societal safeguards should function in the 21st century.

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