The Other Global Power Shift | by Joseph S. Nye, Jr. - Project Syndicate

“The spread of information means that power is more widely distributed, and informal networks can undercut the monopoly of traditional bureaucracy. And the speed of online transmission of information means that governments have less control over their agendas, and citizens face new vulnerabilities.”

The Other Global Power Shift | by Joseph S. Nye, Jr. - Project Syndicate
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/new-technology-threats-to-us-national-security-by-joseph-s-nye-2020-08
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If you’re not terrified about Facebook, you haven’t been paying attention

“We have already been through the equivalent of a social media pandemic – an unstoppable contagion that has sickened our information space, infected our public discourse, silently and invisibly subverted our electoral systems. It’s no longer about if this will happen all over again. Of course, it will. It hasn’t stopped. The question is whether our political systems, society, democracy, will survive – can survive – the age of Facebook.

We are already through the looking glass. In 2016, a hostile foreign government used Facebook to systematically undermine and subvert an American election. With no consequences. Nobody, no company, no individual or nation state has ever been held to account.”

If you’re not terrified about Facebook, you haven’t been paying attention
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/26/with-facebook-we-are-already-through-the-looking-glass
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Don’t ask if artificial intelligence is good or fair, ask how it shifts power

“Many researchers have trouble seeing their intellectual work with AI as furthering inequity. Researchers such as me spend our days working on what are, to us, mathematically beautiful and useful systems, and hearing of AI success stories, such as winning Go championships or showing promise in detecting cancer. It is our responsibility to recognize our skewed perspective and listen to those impacted by AI.”

Don’t ask if artificial intelligence is good or fair, ask how it shifts power
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02003-2
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Zuckerberg Loses $7 Billion as Firms Boycott Facebook Ads

“Shares of the social media company fell 8.3% on Friday, the most in three months, after Unilever, one of the world’s largest advertisers, joined other brands in boycotting ads on the social network. Unilever said it would stop spending money with Facebook’s properties this year.”

Zuckerberg Loses $7 Billion as Firms Boycott Facebook Ads
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-27/mark-zuckerberg-loses-7-billion-as-companies-drop-facebook-ads
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Social networks are broken. Here’s the secret to rebuilding trust

“In the same way we rely on labels to instill confidence in our food, medicine, and other consumer goods, we need a similar labeling system to instill trust in the news, video, people, and organizations we encounter in social networks. I propose the following system to help social media companies get started down that road.”

Social networks are broken. Here’s the secret to rebuilding trust
https://www.fastcompany.com/90513504/social-networks-are-broken-heres-the-secret-to-rebuilding-trust
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Why AI ethics should be top of mind for business leaders

“As artificial intelligence continues to shape societies and change economies around the world, business leaders need to be aware of the power of the technology and their responsibility for its ethical deployment, implementation and management.”

Why AI ethics should be top of mind for business leaders
https://www.theceomagazine.com/business/innovation-technology/why-ai-ethics-should-be-top-of-mind-for-business-leaders/
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