The Eye of Sauron is Upon Us

Written by James Heddle  EON Edited by O Society  Mar 13, 2019 5G - Surveillance Capitalism on Steroids Part 2 of The Panopticon Perplex Tolkin’s fictional Dark Lord Sauron used a magic all-seeing orb to overlook and intervene in the affairs of Middle Earth - Now we have our own real world counterparts "We have work … Continue reading The Eye of Sauron is Upon Us

The Case of the Staggering Moron: Meanwhile in Australia

by O Society Jan 29, 2019 Ahem. In general, as a principle, it is best to ignore trolls. Case in point. Donald J. Trump is a troll. Best to ignore a troll. Don't feed them and they go away. Eventually. This too shall pass. It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass. … Continue reading The Case of the Staggering Moron: Meanwhile in Australia

What Would John Stuart Mill Do—to Fix Facebook?

Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, recently hired to manage the beleaguered tech giant's global affairs and communications, digs the liberal-utilitarian theorist. by ALEXIS PAPAZOGLOU New Republic January 28, 2019 Silicon Valley’s liberal branding can seem paradoxical given its political impact. The scandals that accompanied the 2016 election—Cambridge Analytica, Russian interference—revealed Facebook contributed to the election of one … Continue reading What Would John Stuart Mill Do—to Fix Facebook?

The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution

Society figured out how to manage the waste produced by the Industrial Revolution. We must do the same thing with the Internet today. by Judy Estrin and Sam Gill Washington Monthly Jan 2019   What is Cholera? Tens of thousands of Londoners died of cholera from the 1830s to the 1860s. The causes were simple: … Continue reading The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution

Power Lies in the Coding at Tech Firms

Power lies with those who control technology, not necessarily those who own it. As technological advances begin to integrate into our everyday lives at an exponential and almost seamless rate, how will our system of politics respond? In this excerpt of Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, Jamie Susskind attempts to … Continue reading Power Lies in the Coding at Tech Firms

‘Trump Says…’ The Journalist Malpractice of Echo-Chamber Headlines

Deferential social media framing spreads White House propaganda and betrays the public trust. REED RICHARDSON FAIR Dec 19, 2018 The most basic tenet of professional physicians is the Hippocratic Oath: “First, do no harm.” Its intent is clear, simple: When practicing medicine, the fundamental ethical consideration should be to not make things worse. All decisions … Continue reading ‘Trump Says…’ The Journalist Malpractice of Echo-Chamber Headlines

You’ve Been Hacked – The Psychology of Disinformation and How to Protect Yourself

Once seeded, viral misinformation exploits weaknesses in how the human mind determines what’s real. by Valerie Tarico Dec 5, 2018 Most people genuinely care about truth. I don’t mean that we tell the truth all of the time—though most of us mostly do—but that we very much want to know what is real. Reality can knock … Continue reading You’ve Been Hacked – The Psychology of Disinformation and How to Protect Yourself