Ethan writes about his 2×2 model of social media.
Prospect (UK): How to stop the internet becoming a junk heap
Ethan on enshitification.
74 Do You Trust that Justice is Just? with Nathan Matias, Tracey Meares, and Tom Tyler (Trust episode 4)
Trusting justice means making it feel meaningful—people have to trust that justice systems are themselves just. To conclude our miniseries on Trust, we talk to Nathan Matias about how exactly people lost trust in Elon Musks’ Twitter, and revisit our recent interview with Tracey Meares and Tom Tyler about how procedural justice can convince can… Continue reading 74 Do You Trust that Justice is Just? with Nathan Matias, Tracey Meares, and Tom Tyler (Trust episode 4)
73 How to Start a Guild with Kei Kreutler and T.L. Taylor (Trust episode 3)
Almost two decades ago, World of Warcraft gamers started gathering in guilds to share resources and organize raids. Did they create one of the most trustful types of communities on the entire Internet? This week on our trust mini-series, we talk about how artist and gaming communities cooperate with artist Kei Kreutler and sociologist of… Continue reading 73 How to Start a Guild with Kei Kreutler and T.L. Taylor (Trust episode 3)
72 Why Would People Trust Crypto? with Finn Brunton and Molly White (Trust episode 2)
Cryptocurrency is supposedly the basis of trustless economy, but in the past few years there were a lot of everyday people who entrusted it with everything. How did this happen? In this episode of our miniseries on trust, we talk to Finn Brunton about the deep history of crypto and Molly White about how the… Continue reading 72 Why Would People Trust Crypto? with Finn Brunton and Molly White (Trust episode 2)
71 Do We Trust the Internet? with evelyn douek and Primavera de Filippi (Trust episode 1)
Should governments regulate how Facebook moderates speech? Can you sanction an automated smart contract that’s used for international money laundering? Was it a coincidence that every social media platform banned Donald Trump at the same time? In the first part of our 4-part miniseries looking at trust online, we welcome evelyn douek, host of the… Continue reading 71 Do We Trust the Internet? with evelyn douek and Primavera de Filippi (Trust episode 1)
70 The Mars Rover Isn’t Stealing Our Data, with Janet Vertesi
Today on Reimagining, we welcome our first conscientious objector to Google—and our first ever NASA alum. Janet Vertesi joins for a fascinating conversation about her project to keep any data about her children off the web, and ties it in to tales about her old job as in-house ethnographer for the Mars Rover missions.
69 The Netherlands’ most important sociologist is building the other DPI: the Dutch Public Internet
José van Dijck is arguably the preeminent sociologist in the Netherlands, conducting research about how online platforms have crept into public life that has proved foundational to European regulation like the Digital Services Act. Today on Reimagining the Internet, José talks to us about PubHubs, an attempt to build a decentralized, privacy-focused social media network… Continue reading 69 The Netherlands’ most important sociologist is building the other DPI: the Dutch Public Internet
Creating PublicSpaces by Geert-Jan Bogaerts, José Van Dijck, and Ethan Zuckerman
In Digital Government: Research and Practice. Abstract: Institutions like public broadcasters and universities face conflicts of values when using surveillant digital tools: organizations bound to protect the privacy and respect their autonomy of their constituents – which we term “values-led organizations” – find those values undermined by tools they must use to conduct business online.… Continue reading Creating PublicSpaces by Geert-Jan Bogaerts, José Van Dijck, and Ethan Zuckerman
68 Justice That We Can Trust with Tracey Meares and Tom Tyler
Why does the criminal justice system feel so unfair to those who interact with it? Why does Internet governance often feel so arbitrary? Legal scholars Tracey Meares and Tom Tyler believe that we need justice systems made up of fair processes designed first and foremost to help us trust that justice. This week on Reimagining, we’re joined by the two cofounders of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School.