Original source: Ctrl Alt Delete: How Politics and the Media Crashed Our Democracy
“Tech companies, innovators, must take responsibilities for how their platforms are used, Khan said. He also called on politicians and policymakers to look out for the public and pass regulation when necessary.”
Original source: Mayor of London Calls for Regulation of the Tech Industry
“What’s more, the fact that power is concentrated among so few companies has made it possible to weaponise the web at scale. In recent years, we’ve seen conspiracy theories trend on social media platforms, fake Twitter and Facebook accounts stoke social tensions, external actors interfere in elections, and criminals steal troves of personal data. We’ve looked to the platforms themselves for answers. Companies are aware of the problems and are making efforts to fix them — with each change they make affecting millions of people. The responsibility — and sometimes burden — of making these decisions falls on companies that have been built to maximise profit more than to maximise social good. A legal or regulatory framework that accounts for social objectives may help ease those tensions.”
Original source: Web inventor wants regulation of web
Writers work in the morning, coders in the afternoon.
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A pretty good moral tent-pole for tech.
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Ben sums up his take on how “the media” was melted down:
…the destruction of journalism is about the destruction of journalism’s business model, which was predicated on scarcity. In the case of newspapers, printing presses, delivery trucks, and a healthy subscriber base made them the lowest common denominator when it came to advertising, right down to four line classified ads that represented some of the most expensive copy on a per-letter basis in the world.
Some highlights from the article that seem to apply to any marketing use of social media:
- “If staying on message is the first rule of corporate communications, it is also the cardinal sin of social media.”
- Each medium has it’s own format and expectations: “corporations can and should differentiate their approach to each platform, digital-marketing experts say.”
- “Instagram is stylish, behind the scenes” – well, for most of us, “stylish” won’t apply. But the “behind the scenes” part is interesting.
- “Validate your followers with likes, comments and retweets. It builds goodwill.”
- Frequent factotumia – “It’s about showing up every single day and showing pieces of their lives rather than when they have a premiere or something to promote.”
- “Instead of trying to get followers to buy their product, companies can gently boost their brand by commenting on current events.”
n=511, of mostly B2B sellers split between enterprise and SMB. From 2012, and a marketing piece, obviously.
Social media. It effects is all.
53% of financial services industry respondents gave reputation risk a “No. 1” ranking among the hazards. By contrast, 19% named compliance as the greatest risk, and 9% selected data security.