Category: Opinion

April 18, 2019

Platforms Want Centralized Censorship. That Should Scare You

Opinion: Controlling the spread of insidious content online is extremely difficult—but combining efforts across platforms raise serious threats to free expression.

by Emma Llanso in Business
March 26, 2019

The danger of ‘I already pay for Apple News+’

Apple doesn’t care about news, it cares about recurring revenue. That’s why publishers are crazy to jump into bed with Apple News+. They’re rendering their own subscription options unnecessary in exchange for a sliver of what Apple pays out from the mere $10 per month...

by Josh Constine in Apple
March 19, 2019

The Deeper Education Issue Under the College Bribery Scandal

There’s a vast pool of talent out there. But they need access to courses that suit their learning style and schedules, according to Sebastian Thrun.

by Sebastian Thrun in Business
March 16, 2019

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair

Opinion: Manufacturers are offering more repair options than ever before. But they still aren’t giving people the true freedom to fix what they want when they want.

by Nathan Proctor in Gear
March 11, 2019

The World Wide Web Turns 30. Where Does It Go From Here?

Thirty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee published a proposal that led to the World Wide Web. Today, he reflects on its history—and its future.

by Tim Berners-Lee in Business
February 13, 2019

Should Big Tech Own Our Personal Data?

Opinion: Personal data is increasingly a core part of our personhood. Which is why the “service for data” model is a devil’s bargain.

by Steven Hill in Business
February 12, 2019

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias

Opinion: Humans train the machine-learning and AI systems at Facebook, Google, and Twitter to filter out bias. The problem: they don’t know what they’re looking for.

by Yael Eisenstat in Business
February 7, 2019

Instagram thinks you want IGTV previews in your home feed

If you can’t beat or join them… force feed ’em? That appears to be Instagram’s latest strategy for IGTV, which is now being shoved right into Instagram’s main feed, the company announced today. Instagram says that it will now add one-minute IGTV previews to the...

by Sarah Perez in Apps
February 7, 2019

It’s Not too Late for Social Media to Regulate Itself

Opinion: A self-regulatory organization for search and social media—like the financial industry’s FINRA—would protect the public interest without enacting overly blunt laws that discourage innovation.

by David Siegel in Business
January 30, 2019

Media’s Fatal Flaw: Ignoring the Mistakes of Newspapers

Opinion: The most promising news innovations of the past decade have been built on audience engagement and community needs.

by Jeremy Littau in Business