Perhaps the lesson to take from this year of living online is not about making better technology. It’s about recognizing technology’s limits.
“Start-ups: they need philosophers, political theorists, historians, poets. Critics.”
Humans can adapt to almost anything. So if social media forces us into permanently hostile camps, we will learn to stop seeing any other way.
Thanks to surveillance, political violence, and AI, we no longer have the luxury of humanist utopias to plan for the future.
Tech does not arrive in a city to save it. Instead, tech’s financial success depends on dismissing and exploiting existing disparities.
“There were so many new laws, I had to make a map showing the spread and intensity of antimargarine laws in states over a quarter century.”
Companies like Uber and Airbnb rely on the exploitation of users and workers—and some investors are pushing back. Welcome to the “techlash.”
What could our internet have been?
A resource for teaching and discussing the internet, including a reading list, podcast, and discussion questions.
To understand Silicon Valley, first examine the stories it tells about itself; just like, to understand the Victorian age, first read writers like Dickens and Dreiser.
“We have to build against the legacy of inequality. Intentionally. We have to build our values into our design practices.”
Techno-utopians rarely acknowledge that untraceable money transfers support a world of kleptocrats, tax havens, and dark-money politics.
Digital health is solidifying the divide between those whose health is valued and those whose health is ignored.
We must reimagine our algorithmic systems as responsible innovations that serve to support liberatory and just societies.
Silicon Valley has no mystical powers. It gets away with being thought of as apolitical simply because few have called its bluff.
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