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The Peril Of Persuasion In The Big Tech Age

Democratic societies, in particular, are in dire need of a frank conversation about the role persuasion plays in them and how technologies are enabling powerful interests to target audiences. In a society where public opinion is a ruling force, there is always a risk of it being mobilized for ill purposes…

Read Here | Foreign Policy

Big Tech Reckoning

The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the market power of large technology companies and the inadequacy of current digital governance and regulation. What should policymakers do to address Big Tech’s growing clout and build an equitable digital economy?

Read Here | Project Syndicate

Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting social media companies on Thursday, days after Twitter called two of his tweets “potentially misleading.” Speaking from the Oval Office ahead of signing the order, Trump said the move was to “defend free speech from one of the gravest dangers it has faced in American history.”

Read Here – CNN

In The Coronavirus Era, The Force Is Still With Jack Dorsey

For the past four and a half years, Jack Dorsey has been living his best life. While the 43-year-old multibillionaire is one of the only CEOs on the S&P 500 who oversees two public companies, Twitter and Square, with more than 8,000 employees, and is an angel investor or adviser to start-ups, until coronavirus recently obliterated the global economy, he might have been one of the least stressed-out people in America.

Read Here – Vanity Fair

Also Read: Twitter Takes A First Stand Against Some Trump Tweets — But Ignores Most Others

‘Not the World’s Number One’: Chinese Social Media Piles On The U.S.

…to Chinese authorities, the audience at home is the one that really matters, and among that vast cohort, the verdict is unsparing: China has outperformed, while America has disastrously faltered. It’s a sentiment shared by even educated, internationalised Chinese observers — the very group once inclined to look to America as an exemplar.

Read Here – Politico

China’s Wolf Warrior Diplomats Battle On Twitter For Control Of Coronavirus Narrative

Chinese diplomats are taking an increasingly strident tone on US President Donald Trump’s favourite battleground Twitter, as Beijing works to shift the narrative away from its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which was first reported in central China last year.

Read Here – South China Morning Post

How Trolls Overran The Public Square

Since the invention of writing, human innovation has transformed how we formulate new ideas, organise our societies, and communicate with one another. But in an age of rapid-fire social media and nonstop algorithm-generated outrage, technology is no longer helping to expand or enrich the public sphere.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

Mapping The Digital Economy In 2020

In today’s globalised world, falling behind technologically carries major costs. That is why the world need a comprehensive understanding of the digital revolution’s effects on individual and social welfare as soon as possible.

Read Here – Project Syndicate

It’s time to Regulate ‘The Greatest Propaganda Machine In History’ — Social Media

Zuckerberg at Facebook, Sundar Pichai at Google, at its parent company Alphabet, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Brin’s ex-sister-in-law, Susan Wojcicki at YouTube and Jack Dorsey at Twitter. The Silicon Six — all billionaires, all Americans — who care more about boosting their share price than about protecting democracy. This is ideological imperialism — six unelected individuals in Silicon Valley imposing their vision on the rest of the world, unaccountable to any government and acting like they’re above the reach of law. It’s like we’re living in the Roman Empire, and Mark Zuckerberg is Caesar. At least that would explain his haircut.

Read Here – The Times of Israel

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear The Screams

Since its founding, Twitter’s MO has been growth: more tweets, more users, more numbers its shareholders will drool over. And that’s put Twitter in a bit of a pickle. The things that drive the most engagement—controversy and chaos, not kindness and civility—are the things that have come to define Twitter. It is the platform of rage, of virality, of @realDonaldTrump. It is not the platform of, say, relaxing after a hard day at work.

Read Here – Wired

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