Category: Opinion

November 12, 2019

Opinion: China is Pushing Toward Global Blockchain Dominance

As US leaders dither, President Xi Jinping vies for the technological future of finance.

by Kevin Werbach in Business
November 7, 2019

The Global South Is Redefining Tech Innovation

Opinion: Top-down, unsustainable Silicon Valley needs to learn from Africa, South Asia, and South America, where tech is built for and by users.

by Ramesh Srinivasan in Business
November 6, 2019

Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse

Opinion: Our new study on Islamophobia, xenophobia, and racism during the 2018 midterms confirms we’re on a path of digital dystopia.

by Jonathan Albright in Business
November 5, 2019

Anti-Deepfake Law in California Is Far Too Feeble

Opinion: While well intentioned, the law has too many loopholes for malicious actors and puts too little responsibility on platforms.

by Brandie M. Nonnecke in Business / Artificial Intelligence
October 29, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg Needs to Shut Up

Opinion: Since 2017, nearly every time the Facebook CEO has tried to sound thoughtful, he sounds unprepared, shallow, and full of hubris. Time to zip it.

by Siva Vaidhyanathan in Business
October 28, 2019

Facebook staff demand Zuckerberg limit lies in political ads

Submit campaign ads to fact checking, limit microtargeting, cap spending, observe silence periods or at least warn users. These are the solutions Facebook employees put forward in an open letter pleading with CEO Mark Zuckerberg and company leadership to address misinformation in political ads. The...

by Josh Constine in Advertising Tech
October 25, 2019

Facebook’s Encryption Makes it Harder to Detect Child Abuse

Opinion: The social network needs to develop better ways to help stop the spread of millions of harmful images.

by Hany Farid in Business
October 19, 2019

The new iPhone is ugly

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to phones. Everyone scoffs at my iPhone SE, but the truth is it’s the best phone Apple ever made — a beautiful, well designed object in just about every way. But...

by Devin Coldewey in Gadgets
October 19, 2019

WeWork’s Failure is SoftBank’s Day Of Reckoning

Opinion: Venture capitalists need to take stock of reality after all the blitzscaling.

by Leonard Sherman in Business
October 16, 2019

Corporate America’s Second War With the Rule of Law

Opinion: Uber, Facebook, and Google are increasingly behaving like the law-flouting financial empires of the 1920s. We know how that turned out.

by Matt Stoller in Business