An Apology for the Internet — From the People Who Built It


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Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it.
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5 weeks ago by ekingery
Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created.
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7 weeks ago by dotcoma
Noah Kulwin, in NY Magazine: "If the tech industry likes to assume the trappings of a religion, complete with a quasi-messianic story of progress, the Church of Tech is now giving rise to a new sect of apostates, feverishly confessing their own sins. And the internet’s original sin, as these programmers and investors and CEOs make clear, was its business model."
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may 2018 by warnick
The Internet says 'sorry'. Here's + + + + and many more...
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may 2018 by ethanz
Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. A breakdown of what went wrong.
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may 2018 by SimonHurtz
The Internet Apologizes …
Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it.
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may 2018 by Weaverbird
Something has gone wrong with the internet. Even Mark Zuckerberg knows it. Testifying before Congress , the Facebook CEO ticked off a list of everything his…
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may 2018 by argonaut
"the technological elite needed something to attract billions of users to the ads they were selling. And that something, it turns out, was outrage. As Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in virtual reality, points out, anger is the emotion most effective at driving “engagement” — which also makes it, in a market for attention, the most profitable one."
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april 2018 by tremolo
What went wrong with the web as we know it: a must read for anyone working in digital, IMHO
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april 2018 by eheiser
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april 2018 by chetan
NYMag mit einer Interviewserie mit einer Reihe Netz-Pioniere über alles, was in den letzten Jahren so schiefgelaufen ist. Unter anderem mit Jaron Lanier (VR-Pionier), Ellen Pao (Reddit), Tristan Harris (Design Ethics), Ethan Zuckerman (Inventor Popup-Banner) und einige mehr.
To understand what went wrong — how the Silicon Valley dream of building a networked utopia turned into a globalized strip-mall casino overrun by pop-up ads and cyberbullies and Vladimir Putin — we spoke to more than a dozen architects of our digital present. If the tech industry likes to assume the trappings of a religion, complete with a quasi-messianic story of progress, the Church of Tech is now giving rise to a new sect of apostates, feverishly confessing their own sins. And the internet’s original sin, as these programmers and investors and CEOs make clear, was its business model. […]

None of the companies hid their plans or lied about how their money was made. But as users became deeply enmeshed in the increasingly addictive web of surveillance, the leading digital platforms became wildly popular.

Pao: There’s this idea that, “Yes, they can use this information to manipulate other people, but I’m not gonna fall for that, so I’m protected from being manipulated.” Slowly, over time, you become addicted to the interactions, so it’s hard to opt out. And they just keep taking more and more of your time and pushing more and more fake news. It becomes easy just to go about your life and assume that things are being taken care of.

McNamee: If you go back to the early days of propaganda theory, Edward Bernays had a hypothesis that to implant an idea and make it universally acceptable, you needed to have the same message appearing in every medium all the time for a really long period of time. The notion was it could only be done by a government. Then Facebook came along, and it had this ability to personalize for every single user. Instead of being a broadcast model, it was now 2.2 billion individualized channels. It was the most effective product ever created to revolve around human emotions.

García: If you pulled the plug on Facebook, there would literally be riots in the streets. So in the back of Facebook’s mind, they know that they’re stepping on people’s toes. But in the end, people are happy to have the product, so why not step on toes? This is where they just wade into the whole cesspit of human psychology. The algorithm, by default, placates you by shielding you from the things you don’t want to hear about. That, to me, is the scary part. The real problem isn’t Facebook — it’s humans.

McNamee: They’re basically trying to trigger fear and anger to get the outrage cycle going, because outrage is what makes you be more deeply engaged. You spend more time on the site and you share more stuff. Therefore, you’re going to be exposed to more ads, and that makes you more valuable. In 2008, when they put their first app on the iPhone, the whole ballgame changed. Suddenly Bernays’s dream of the universal platform reaching everybody through every medium at the same time was achieved by a single device. You marry the social triggers to personalized content on a device that most people check on their way to pee in the morning and as the last thing they do before they turn the light out at night. You literally have a persuasion engine unlike any created in history.
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april 2018 by walt74
Facebook, Google. Socialists and libertarians. Pandering.
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april 2018 by prbannes
Why, over the past year, has Silicon Valley begun to regret the foundational elements of its own success? The obvious answer is November 8, 2016. For all that he represented a contravention of its lofty ideals, Donald Trump was elected, in no small part, by the internet itself. Twitter served as his unprecedented direct-mail-style megaphone, Google helped pro-Trump forces target users most susceptible to crass Islamophobia, the digital clubhouses of Reddit and 4chan served as breeding grounds for the alt-right, and Facebook became the weapon of choice for Russian trolls and data-scrapers like Cambridge Analytica. Instead of producing a techno-utopia, the internet suddenly seemed as much a threat to its creator class as it had previously been their herald.
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april 2018 by dancall
Something has gone wrong with the internet. Even Mark Zuckerberg knows it. Testifying before Congress, the Facebook CEO ticked off a list of everything his platform has screwed up, from fake news and foreign meddling in the 2016 election to hate speech and data privacy. via Pocket
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april 2018 by archizoo
To understand what went wrong with the internet, we spoke to more than a dozen architects of our digital present
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april 2018 by mawif
Something has gone wrong with the internet. Even Mark Zuckerberg knows it. Testifying before Congress , the Facebook CEO ticked off a list of everything his…
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april 2018 by timwburch
Something has gone wrong with the internet. Even Mark Zuckerberg knows it. Testifying before Congress , the Facebook CEO ticked off a list of everything his…
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april 2018 by matttrent
Interesting read. It’s good to know there are people in tech who understand now what’s going on
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april 2018 by trvrplk
via Pocket - The Internet Apologizes … - Added April 17, 2018 at 01:20AM
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april 2018 by kutsal
Something has gone wrong with the internet. Even Mark Zuckerberg knows it. Testifying before Congress , the Facebook CEO ticked off a list of everything his…
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april 2018 by rboone
Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it.
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april 2018 by MF_reads
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april 2018 by ilya
Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. A breakdown of what went wrong.

Oral history style breakdown of the problems of the current internet. I find this interesting in the wake of Andre Staltz' article last year.
Everyone in the tech industry is in denial. We think we’re making the world more open and connected, when in fact the game is just: How do I drive lots of engagement?

Could this be an example of Conway's Law?
"organizations which design systems ... are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations."

Another good way to say it:
Lanier: What started out as advertising morphed into continuous behavior modification on a mass basis, with everyone under surveillance by their devices and receiving calculated stimulus to modify them. It’s a horrible thing that was foreseen by science-fiction writers.
nice-thinking  social-media 
april 2018 by mozzarella
A good read. How far the internet has fallen...
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april 2018 by scottboms
An Apology for the Internet — From the Architects Who Built It

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april 2018 by poploser
Interview mit fünf Internet-Pionieren über die Vorgeschichte der Fehlentwicklungen
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april 2018 by clabeck
Transcript of an encounter group of prominent dissidents. Nice to know there are thoughtful people nearby, if not at the controls. Is there hope? Time will tell.
Internet  business  Facebook  politics  civilLiberties 
april 2018 by JJLDickinson
Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it. [ED NOTE: Wonderful, but long read from those in the know]
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april 2018 by webgeek
Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it.

-- Noah Kulwin
NYMag | nymag.com | 13 apr 2018
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april 2018 by tometaxu
To understand what went wrong with the internet, we spoke to more than a dozen architects of our digital present
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april 2018 by misc
Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it.
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april 2018 by mikael
There have always been outsiders who criticized the tech industry — even if their concerns have been drowned out by the oohs and aahs of consumers, investors, and journalists. But today, the most dire warnings are coming from the heart of Silicon Valley itself. The man who oversaw the creation of the original iPhone believes the device he helped build is too addictive. The inventor of the World Wide Web fears his creation is being “weaponized.” Even Sean Parker, Facebook’s first president, has blasted social media as a dangerous form of psychological manipulation. “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains,” he lamented recently.
internet  society 
april 2018 by corrales
Employees of SiliconValley platforms air regrets & give insights into how toxic #socialmedia & #internet #advertising happened + links to in-depth posts
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april 2018 by csrollyson
- this just scratches the surface, but is an interesting read
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april 2018 by renaissancechambara
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april 2018 by cowpi
Even those who designed our digital world are aghast at what they created. A breakdown of what went wrong — from the architects who built it.
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april 2018 by mirthe
Something has gone wrong with the internet. Even Mark Zuckerberg knows it. Testifying before Congress, the Facebook CEO ticked off a list of everything his platform has screwed up, from fake news and foreign meddling in the 2016 election to hate speech and data privacy.
april 2018 by marshallk
Something has gone wrong with the internet. Even Mark Zuckerberg knows it. Testifying before Congress , the Facebook CEO ticked off a list of everything his…
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