New technologies were supposed to open societies and empower individuals. Instead, they’ve given despots the upper hand.
Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Erica Frantz unpack the use and abuse of technology by governments to manage and manipulate citizens. Some of the strategies discussed include controlling the media, the creation of social credit systems and microtargetting.
This has been a growing concern of mine across the board, both from a security perspective and legelative level. It is all well and good to hold the platforms to account, the problem is that all these safeguards feel like they are really only working for the platform, because they are the only ones who can meaningful compete. I guess time will tell.