MIT Technology Review - 14 Aug 2018
How did digital technologies go from empowering citizens and toppling dictators to being used as tools of oppression and discord? This is a must-read to understand how digital technology went from an instrument promoting democracy to a weapon charged to undermine it. It offers a clear, brief review of the different stages of social media; from (1) the euphoria of discovery to (2) the audacity of hope, (3) the illusion of immunity and (4) the power of the platforms. It offers in conclusion a few recommendations to deal with the problem (reads in 8-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 17 August 2018
Vanity Fair - 1 Jul 2018
Three decades after he created it, Berners-Lee has seen the Web debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. From the beginning, he understood the Web epic power to radically transform governments, businesses and societies. He also envisioned that his invention could, in the wrong hands, become a “destroyer of words”. But he’s got a plan to fix it, which the article explains (reads in more than 10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 7 July 2018
Bloomberg - 9 Apr 2018
The editorialist argues that Amazon is a symptom, not the cause, of the “retail apocalypse” currently engulfing the US. First, the US has a huge excess of retail space (surpassing all other developed nations by a wide margin: 23.6 square feet of retail space/person versus 4.6 in the UK). Second, price sensitivity is a natural response to decades of wage stagnation. Third, the younger generations are changing their consumption habits. An interesting and short read (5 min) with lessons for the rest of the world.
Published in Weekly selection 13 April 2018