The internet is not what it was supposed to be. Early tech pioneers and the tech entrepreneurs who came after them imagined a world without borders that would bring us together, where all human knowledge would be available at our fingertips and everybody would have a voice. If there had been a motto for what the internet was supposed to stand for, it would have been “collaboration, openness, freedom.” But while we got some of that, we also got polarization, falsehoods, rising extremism that destabilizes societies, autocratic powers that undermine democracies, and giant tech companies that are eliminating privacy. We got a system that not only permits, but amplifies hate, bullying, and divisiveness. … [Read more...] about It’s time for tech platforms to stop tolerating the intolerable
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David Cicilline, the chair of the subcommittee, in his remarks, said that because "these companies are so central to our modern life, their business practices and decisions have an outsized effect on our economy and our democracy. Any single action by any one of these companies can affect hundreds of millions of us in profound and lasting ways....Their ability to dictate terms, call the shots, upend entire sectors, and inspire fear represent the powers of a private government". … [Read more...] about The power of democracy and the challenge from big tech
Leaders are doubly challenged because we feel as uncertain about the future as anyone, but we don’t always feel comfortable with expressing feelings of doubt or fear with employees. We want to be a pillar of strength for our teams even as the ground shifts beneath our feet. If the events of 2020 had lasted just a few weeks, maybe we could bridge the gap without showing our vulnerability. But the chaos has not only lasted, it has increased in depth and complexity. … [Read more...] about How to lead a team when the path forward is increasingly unclear
“I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a problem that’s harder than the security integrity of civil elections,” Blaze said. Protecting the secrecy of your ballot makes it harder to verify that your ballot was counted, and vice versa. And ever since our elections got too big to have people complete a paper ballot and drop it in a box for hand-counting, those goals have been difficult to square. … [Read more...] about What becoming a poll worker taught me about securing the 2020 election
Even in other sectors such as agriculture, electronics, packaging, textile and transportation, are highly dependent on plastics. Its lightweight makes long-distance transportation economical and as a result, plastics are gradually displacing other packaging materials. While plastics by themselves are useful in multiple ways, what is problematic and what poses a serious threat to the environment is its indiscriminate disposal. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 | Is India prepared to tackle the plastic waste the pandemic produces?