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Disrupting the disrupters.
« on: January 25, 2018, 13:31 »

Social Media’s Junkies and Dealers
From; https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/internet-platform-monopoly-threats-by-roger-mcnamee-2018-01

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Jan 25, 2018 Roger McNamee

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, the threat from Internet platform monopolies should be a top concern for attendees. For the sake of restoring balance to our lives and hope to our politics, it is time to disrupt the disrupters.

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The venture capitalist and Netscape founder Marc Andreessen wrote a widely read essay in 2011 entitled, “Why Software Is Eating the World.” But we didn’t take Andreessen seriously; we thought it was only a metaphor. Now we face the challenge of extracting the world from the jaws of Internet platform monopolies.



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Then came 2016, when the Internet revealed two dark sides. One is related to individual users. Smartphones with LTE mobile infrastructure created the first content-delivery platform that was available every waking moment, transforming the technology industry and the lives of two billion users. With little or no regulatory supervision in most of the world, companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Alibaba, and Tencent used techniques common in propaganda and casino gambling, such as constant notifications and variable rewards, to foster psychological addiction.

The other dark side is geopolitical. In the United States, Western Europe, and Asia, Internet platforms, especially Facebook, enable the powerful to inflict harm on the powerless in politics, foreign policy, and commerce. Elections across Europe and in the US have repeatedly demonstrated that automated social networks can be exploited to undermine democracy.

The Brexit referendum and the US presidential election in 2016 also revealed that Facebook provides significant relative advantages to negative messages over positive ones. Authoritarian governments can use Facebook to promote public support for repressive policies, as may be occurring now in Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines, and elsewhere. In some cases, Facebook actually provides support to such governments, as it does to all large clients.

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The challenges posed by Internet platform monopolies require new approaches beyond antitrust enforcement. We must recognize and address these challenges as a threat to public health. One possibility is to treat social media in a manner analogous to tobacco and alcohol, combining education and regulation.

With the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, the threat from Internet platform monopolies should be a top concern for attendees. For the sake of restoring balance to our lives and hope to our politics, it is time to disrupt the disrupters.

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Re: Disrupting the disrupters.
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2018, 14:54 »
@coffejohn
There is a lot of truth in that. But opinion makers always have power, and I'll point out that in social networks this power is in more hands than it was before.If some see democracy as endangered, then because they see how the previous opinion makers lose the power.Democracy is inherently dangerous if the plebs  take it literally.

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Re: Disrupting the disrupters.
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2018, 21:52 »

Macron has an answer to populism

His plan: Protect the person, not the job.
From; https://www.politico.eu/article/emmanuel-macron-answer-to-populism-protect-people-not-jobs/

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Macron has openly and unapologetically admitted that no one — himself included — can protect jobs in this disrupted economy.

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If Macron is to succeed, he will have to rip the banner of “disruption” from the populists and reveal them for what they really are: a conservative force that wants to protect an unsustainable status quo. He will have to make it clear that their so-called solutions are not only doomed to fail, but that they will also harm the most vulnerable groups of society.

My purpose in quoting this article is not to praise Macron, although he deserves praise, but to make the point that "disrupters" come in many forms, from tech savvy chancers to political optimists and dreamers; the temptation here is to class Macron as both, but I see him as a realist in a nation tired of dreamers and optimists.

A better example of political disrupter is the UK`s very own queen of chaos Mrs May. Donald Trump is seen as one but I see him as too simple to qualify, you need brains to cause disruption.

Another class of disrupter is the quiet type, the ultra-conservative who blocks progress when it is needed;Junker and Merkel come to mind?

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Re: Disrupting the disrupters.
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2018, 11:19 »
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You do not want to praise Macron, but say - he deserves praise . That's a praise . Macron is fortunate that he can reconcile national interests with ostensibly European interests.  Germany does not have this fortune . GB, not even if you can remember.A solution that is not populist should not be to the detriment of a single member or more .