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How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump
To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.
I and many others who watched authoritarian regimes were already worried. A key issue for me was how microtargeting, especially on Facebook, could be used to wreak havoc with the public sphere. It was true that social media let dissidents know they were not alone, but online microtargeting could also create a world in which you wouldn’t know what messages your neighbors were getting or how the ones aimed at you were being tailored to your desires and vulnerabilities.
It was a shift from a public, collective politics to a more private, scattered one, ...
There doesn’t seem to have been a major realization within the US’s institutions—its intelligence agencies, its bureaucracy, its electoral machinery—that true digital security required both better technical infrastructure and better public awareness about the risks of hacking, meddling, misinformation, and more.

-- Zeynep Tufekci
MIT Technology Review | | 14 aug 2018
activism  communication  culture  history  internet  internet-control  internet-culture  internet-freedom  internet-power  internet-security  politics  format-article  type-information  type-opinion 
4 hours ago by tometaxu
Finding It Hard to Focus? Maybe It’s Not Your Fault - The New York Times
Speaking at a technology conference in Amsterdam last year, Mr. Williams asked the designers in the room, some 250 of them, “How many of you guys want to live in the world that you’re creating? In a world where technology is competing for our attention?”

“Not a single hand went up,” he said.
internet  tech  design 
10 hours ago by arsyed
Panelist at WS on restrictions and how to mitigate at the in . It was agreed by the p…
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10 hours ago by schee / Blog – Decentralized Web Summit 2018 (Jon-Kyle Mohr)
Ultimately the realities of these questions are slowly revealed only through active engagement. At a moment overwhelmed by speculation, a thoughtful gesture goes a long way. That is to say, progressively gaining understanding through experience.
internet  human  tech 
21 hours ago by nathanwentworth
The End of Internet History and the Last Ad - Rambling Space
"It fits with our existing thoughts -advertising sucks-, provides some cherry picked data that fits that narrative -Facebook is great-, and the conclusion seems to be self-evident. “What else are you going to do?” says ad man."

"A key is this: human intervention is kept to a minimum. This is partly matter of technical principle (“automation is good”), a shield against ethical criticism (“algorithms are less biased than people”) but is largely driven by good old financial motives. Like most other business, personnel costs are the biggest line items in pure tech. And once you take a hit of software margins, it’s hard to give it up."

"Interestingly enough, I remember the internet before Facebook too, and it was…OK. We didn’t have the ability to poke that cutie in AP Physics, but we managed. Keeping in touch with friends far and away was harder, but wasn’t impossible. It certainly wasn’t more expensive."
ads  internet  facebook  media 
23 hours ago by yorickdupon
As Google shifts to mobile, its referrals to news sites keep growing | Poynter
"In February, Chartbeat reported that traffic from Google search to publishers’ websites had risen by more than 25 percent globally since January 2017. This Google search growth was more than enough to overcome the decline in traffic from Facebook that came after an algorithm change to deemphasize publishers."
internet  media  google  money 
23 hours ago by yorickdupon
Let’s all go back to Tumblr | The Outline
"Meanwhile, if people had enough of an issue to talk about it, they’d be reblogging it on their blogs, for the purpose of talking to their community — a much more achievable and worthwhile pursuit than trying to craft the argument that would appeal to everybody in the world all at once. I’d never see that; my day would go on. We’d be in our little worlds, feeling out the kinks of the potential arguments on our own schedule."

"The ethos of Tumblr is more easily recognizable in a platform like Tinyletter, where people craft small batch blogs for a curated following, the downside being that they’re entirely siloed in their own worlds with no chance of outside interaction. But considering how hectic and intrusive the modern internet can feel, this isolation feels like an asset, not a bug. Snail mail might never make a comeback, but the pleasures of one-on-one communication are evergreen."
Twitter  internet  facebook  Social  tumblr  culture 
yesterday by yorickdupon
attendees: The Map detected an disruption in at ~16:00 GMT ye…
APrIGF2018  Internet  Vanuatu  from twitter_favs
yesterday by schee
A Detailed Look at RFC 8446 (a.k.a. TLS 1.3)
This article provides a deep dive into the changes introduced in TLS 1.3 and its impact on the future of internet security.
tls  encryption  security  http  internet  RFC  https  primer 
yesterday by lidel
Hosted API documentation for every OAS (Swagger) and RAML spec out there. Powered by Document, mock, test, and more, with the StopLight API Designer.
broadband  isp  internet  service  provider  api  data 
yesterday by kpieper876

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