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Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas.

April 12th, 2019 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

Mark Zuckerberg is founder and chief executive of Facebook. Technology is a major part of our lives, and companies such as Facebook have immense responsibilities. Every day, we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising, and how to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks. These are important for keeping our community safe. But if […]



The automatic weapons of social media

April 7th, 2019 at 12:49 am » Comments Off

  It’s time for the platforms to admit their response is flawed, and work together to protect our civil discourse. This is not an easy essay to write, because I have believed that technology companies are a force for good for more than 30 years. And for the past ten years, I’ve been an unabashed […]



Facebook can make VR Avatars look – and move – exactly like you

March 18th, 2019 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

Research assistant Autumn Trimble sits inside “Mugsy,” one of the capture facilities Pittsburgh’s Facebook Reality Lab uses to create “codec avatars.” “There’s this big, ugly sucker at the door,” the young woman says, her eyes twinkling, “and he said, ‘Who do you think you are, Lena Horne?’ I said no but that I knew Miss […]



Alternatives to Facebook

March 11th, 2019 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

Facebook has been under relentless attack since the Cambridge Analytica scandal in early 2018. Broadcasters and news publishers have declared open season on Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and other senior executives at the company. And while not quite ubiquitous, #deletefacebook pops up every time there’s a story about data privacy. The EU has fined them, […]



Pew: 74% of users don’t know Facebook records their ad preferences

January 24th, 2019 at 12:38 pm » Comments Off

Facebook has been in the news quite a bit for its ad targeting over the past year, most notably with reports that the now-defunct Cambridge Analytica used improperly obtained data to develop “personality” profiles on U.S. voters and target ads toward them during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But many users are still unaware what […]



The dawn of a new Big Tech regulatory era?

January 6th, 2019 at 1:01 am » Comments Off

At the ShellyPalmer Innovation Series Breakfast at CES 2018, I had a Socratic discussion about the influence of the big technology platforms and other emerging technologies on our lives and the need for responsible innovation with David Sapin, US Risk & Regulatory Leader, PwC. We also talked about the growing “techlash” buzz for more industry […]



Video swells to 25% of US digital ad spending

October 18th, 2018 at 2:47 am » Comments Off

This year will mark a milestone for digital video advertising in the US, according to eMarketer’s latest ad spending forecast. In 2018, video will grow nearly 30% to $27.82 billion. That means video ad spending will make up 25% of US digital ad spending. Media strategy is mobile strategy and the brands that thrive understand […]



Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web

October 3rd, 2018 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

With an ambitious decentralized platform, the father of the web hopes it’s game on for corporate tech giants like Facebook and Google. Last week, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, asked me to come and see a project he has been working on almost as long as the web itself. It’s a crisp […]



More than 1 in 4 Americans have deleted the Facebook app in the past year, according to a new survey

September 7th, 2018 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

Facebook has had a year full of controversies over misinformation and the way it provides access to user data. A new study from Pew taken shortly after the Cambridge Analytica scandal found that 26% of Americans had deleted the Facebook app from their phone in the last year.



The web had failed to serve humanity: Tim Berners-Lee was crushed when Russia used Facebook to meddle in U.S. elections

July 6th, 2018 at 8:54 am » Comments Off

World wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he was “devastated” by recent abuses of the web, in an interview with Vanity Fair. He is working on a new platform, named Solid, to re-decentralise the internet and take power away from monopolies like Google and Facebook. He still has hope that the internet can become […]



Facebook develops AI to open your damn eyes in photos

June 26th, 2018 at 8:36 am » Comments Off

Karen, you don’t need a puppy dog filter, you just need to stop blinking in the Christmas photo! Facebook wants to recreate eyes in photos using AI. There’s always one person. Seventeen takes. And Karen’s blinking. But no need to host an intervention — Facebook plans to fix your photos with AI.



Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018

June 6th, 2018 at 8:47 am » Comments Off

YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among teens. Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly’ Until recently, Facebook had dominated the social media landscape among America’s youth – but it is no longer the most popular online platform among teens, according […]



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