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Internet Censorship Just Took An Unprecedented Leap Forward, And Hardly Anyone Noticed
Enter the social media companies. The best mechanism for suppressing oppositional viewpoints and promoting pro-government narratives is the private sector, in particular “technology giants, including Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter,” which can “determine what people see and do not see.”
Watts adds, “Fortunately, shifts in the policies of social media platforms such as Facebook have had significant impact on the type and quality of the content that is broadcast.”
The private sector, therefore, must do the dirty work of the government, because government propaganda is viewed with suspicion by the population. “Business and the private sector may not naturally understand the role they play in combating disinformation, but theirs is one of the most important…. In the West at least, they have been thrust into a central role due to the general public’s increased trust in them as institutions.”
facebook  siliconvalley  censorship 
2 days ago by astrogirl
Universal Basic Income Is Silicon Valley’s Latest Scam
The real purpose of digital capitalism is to extract value from the economy and deliver it to those at the top. If consumers find a way to retain some of that value for themselves, the thinking goes, you’re doing something wrong or “leaving money on the table.”
SiliconValley  Uber  monopolies  UniversalBasicIncome  consumerism  ownership  cooperatives  capitalism  assets  inequality  redistribution  dctagged  dc:creator=RushkoffDouglas 
4 days ago by petej
Universal Basic Income Is Silicon Valley’s Latest Scam
UBI really just turns us from stakeholders or even citizens to mere consumers.
economics  income  ubi  jobs  siliconvalley 
5 days ago by imaginaryfriend
Twitter says bug may have exposed some direct messages to third-party developers | TechCrunch
Twitter said that a “bug” sent user’s private direct messages to third-party developers “who were not authorized to receive them.”

The social media giant began warning users Friday of the possible exposure with a message in the app.

“The issue has persisted since May 2017, but we resolved it immediately upon discovering it,”
privacy  siliconvalley 
8 days ago by astrogirl
Google Exposed User Data, Feared Repercussions of Disclosing to Public - WSJ
Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network and then opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage, according to people briefed on the incident and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
siliconvalley  privacy 
8 days ago by astrogirl
The Big Disruption
"Something is fishy at Anahata—and it’s not just the giant squid that serves as a mascot for the world’s largest tech company. A prince in exile is working as a product manager. The sales guys are battling with the engineers. The female employees are the unwitting subjects of a wild social experiment. The VPs are plotting against each other. And the yoga-loving, sex-obsessed CEO is rumored to be planning a moon colony, sending his investors into a tizzy. Is it all downhill from here? Or is this just the beginning of a bold new phase in Anahata’s quest for global domination?"
fiction  book  publishing  medium  satire  jessicapowell  siliconvalley  culture 
15 days ago by danhon
Silicon Valley’s Keystone Problem: ‘A Monoculture of Thought’ - The New York Times
According to a new book, many of Silicon Valley's problems can be laid at the feet of an engineering-and-data-obsessed monoculture that invites little input from people outside the bubble.
google  siliconvalley  nytimes  diversity 
15 days ago by jorgebarba

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