What follows is the text of a tweet thread Ethan Zuckerman issued last week. Below it are some additional tweets embedded focusing on the case for leaving Twitter Long thread – buckle up. TL:DR; yes, you should join Mastodon. But you should stay on Twitter as well. What we need are more and different online… Continue reading Should You Leave Twitter for Mastodon?
Yale Journal of Law and Technology: Forgetful Advertising, Imagining a More Responsible Ad System
Chand and Ethan just published a long-in-the-making paper proposing a new system for targetted advertising that doesn’t rely on a surveillance model. Check it out in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology’s special issue “A Healthy Digital Public Sphere.”
Prospect (UK): Will AI make artists obsolete?
Ethan marvels an AI image generation software and wonders what the future of human-assisted creativity may look like.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Solving Social Media’s ‘Local Paradox’
Chand and Ethan dig into the problem that while local networks offer ways to connect with local community members, they also host much more severe mis- and disinformation.
Welcome to Smalltown, a Civic Space Online
At iDPI we’re agitating for a smaller future of the Internet. To illustrate this, it’s helpful to think about rooms. Offline, there are all sorts of rooms that we gather in: there are churches, bars, gyms—what we do in each of those is pretty different. Facebook is like a big conference center, with high ceilings,… Continue reading Welcome to Smalltown, a Civic Space Online
Interoperability — it’s a gruesome little chunk of jargon that refers to a fairly fundamental tenet of the Internet. Simply, it means that different applications and devices can share the same data with one another. As users, we enjoy interoperability daily.
Prospect (UK): How a private message gets you sent to prison
Ethan grapples with the question of end-to-endhttps://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/science-and-technology/how-a-private-message-gets-you-sent-to-prison
Prospect (UK): How we can take social media back from the billionaires
Ethan addresses the news that Elon Musk is buying Twitter with a positive vision of social media’s future.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: The Good Web
Ethan lays out his vision for one of the key ideas we’re working on at iDPI, The Good Web.
Prospect (UK): If you don’t trust banks, why should you trust cryptocurrency?
Ethan tackles the question of trust in cryptocurrency, as well as the question of why Europe just doesn’t care as much about Bitcoin.