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For all the good the internet has produced, we are now grappling with effects of digital pollution that have become so potentially large that they implicate our collective well-being. We have moved beyond the point at which our anxieties about online services stem from individuals seeking to do harm—committing crimes, stashing child pornography, recruiting terrorists. We are now face-to-face with a system that is embedded in every structure of our lives and institutions, and that is itself shaping our society in ways that deeply impact our basic values.
We are right to be concerned. Increased anxiety and fear, polarization, fragmentation of a shared context, and loss of trust are some of the most apparent impacts of digital pollution. Potential degradation of intellectual and emotional capacities, such as critical thinking, personal authority, and emotional well-being, are harder to detect. We don’t fully understand the cause and effect of digital toxins. The
The New Republic dedica la copertina al cambio di orientamento verso la Silicon Valley, da positivo incontrastato a negativo. Quattro storie che leggerò appena possibile.
L’appoggio acritico alle piattaforme monopoliste sta causando problemi che devono essere affrontati: elusione fiscale, perdita di posti di lavoro, conseguenze per la democrazia, abuso da parte dei minori e non solo. In Italia e in Europa non beneficiamo neanche dei posti di lavoro che questi creano. Non ci sono più scuse e l’intervento della Commissione Europea è cosa buona e giusta.
Il potere di Amazon richiede un intervento straordinario.
As Amazon continues both to deepen its existing control over key infrastructure and to reach into new lines of business, its dominance demands the same scrutiny. To revise antitrust law and competition policy for platform markets, we should be guided by two questions. First, does our legal framework capture the realities of how dominant firms acquire and exercise power in the internet economy? And second, what forms and degrees of power should the law identify as a threat to competition? Without considering these questions, we risk permitting the growth of powers that we oppose but fail to recognize.
Articolo del The Yale law journal che ha fatto molto discutere negli USA.
Le alternative ai servizi dei monopolisti della rete. Non sono sempre performanti allo stesso modo, ma esistono e vale la pena prenderli in considerazione.
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We imagine that individuals, or individual algorithms, are still behind the curtain somewhere, in control. We are fooling ourselves. The new gatekeepers, by controlling the flow of information, rule a growing sector of the world.
What deserves our full attention is not the success of a few companies that have harnessed the powers of hybrid analog/digital computing, but what is happening as these powers escape into the wild and consume the rest of the world.