An Avalanche of Speech Can Bury Democracy

An Avalanche of Speech Can Bury Democracy (POLITICO Magazine)
For the longest time, we thought that as speech became more democratized, democracy itself would flourish. But in 2018, it is increasingly clear that more speech can in fact threaten democracy.
Zeynep Tufecki in Politico Magazine. All annotations in context. But in the digital age, when speech can exist mostly unfettered, the big threat to truth looks very different. It’s not just censorship, but an avalanche of undistinguished speech—some true, some false, some fake, some important, some trivial, much of it out-of-context, all burying us. Perhaps…

“I Was Devastated”: The Man Who Created the World Wide Web Has Some Regrets

“I Was Devastated”: The Man Who Created the World Wide Web Has Some Regrets (The Hive)
Tim Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it.
An expose on Tim Berners Lee in Vanity Fair. The piece describes Berners-Lee invention of the World Wide Web and his recent work with Solid to re-decentralize the web. For now, the Solid technology is still new and not ready for the masses. But the vision, if it works, could radically change the existing power dynamics of…

Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis

Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis (Recode)
Here’s a first look at the most highly anticipated slide deck in Silicon Valley.
Mary Meeker, a former Morgan Stanley internet analyst and now partner at venture-capital fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, delivered her annual internet trends report at this year’s Code conference in California today (May 30). Some interesting initial takeaways: Global smartphone shipment growth has fallen to effectively nil. Growth in the world’s number of internet users has…

Mozilla’s Internet Health Report 2018

Mozilla's Internet Health Report 2018 (internethealthreport.org)
Mozilla's Internet Health Report is about the human experience of the Internet.
Here’s what’s new: More people are opening their eyes to the real impact the Internet has on our societies, economies, and personal wellbeing. We are beginning to see the health of the Internet as not just a technical issue, but a human one. This report features global insights and perspectives across five issues: Privacy and…