Tag Archives: Facebook

Digital Platforms & Democratic Governance: Standing at an Historic Crossroads

As I explain on the bio page of this blog, I believe: [T]he human race is, in fact, in a race. Not a race against other humans (though it sometimes seems that way), but rather a race against time, and … Continue reading

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The Facebook F-Up as a Wake-Up Call

As I write this, Facebook is facing what is likely the most intense crisis of confidence in its roughly 14 years of existence.  While obviously important for the company, this development also raises broad and increasingly urgent questions about the … Continue reading

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Serving Users (to Advertisers to Benefit Shareholders)

In its early years, a key driver of Facebook’s approach to growth was to “move fast and break things” in pursuit of “domination.” This growth strategy has been reflected in Facebook’s approach to protecting users’ personal data–which may have violated a 2011 FTC consent decree. One … Continue reading

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Data as Power: Approaches to Righting the Balance

Not surprisingly, revelations about the unauthorized release of personal data on 87 million Facebook users to a firm using the data to design and target manipulative political messages has triggered an upsurge in concern about the adequacy of data privacy at … Continue reading

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The Power of Dominant Platforms: It’s Not Just About “Bigness”

This post will focus mainly on an article by Brooklyn Law School professor K. Sabeel Rahman that examines the power of digital platforms in an historical context. Though I try to summarize key points and include excerpts from the article, entited The … Continue reading

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Democracy & Corporate Governance: Challenging the Divine Right of Capital

In October 2017 the New York Times invited nine “technologists, academics, politicians and journalists” to propose steps that could help “fix” Facebook, “as a product, a company or both.” While all of the suggested “fixes” struck me as likely to … Continue reading

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Platform Cooperativism: Acknowledging the Rights of “Produsers”

The discussion below builds on a prior post focused on the work of Marjorie Kelly, whose two books provide a framework for analyzing characteristics and impacts of alternative allocations of enterprise ownership rights. That framework describes key differences between “generative” and “extractive” ownership models, … Continue reading

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