<unlike-us> Tim Wu: What comes after Facebook?

Doug Schuler douglas at publicsphereproject.org
Tue Apr 10 14:28:06 CEST 2018

I couldn’t agree more Gert and I think we’ve reached a shit or get off the pot moment. I’m all in favor of critique but we also need to build and use systems ourselves. I think it’s imperative and viable. I.e. I have a lot of faith in you all!!


— Doug

> On Apr 7, 2018, at 4:36 PM, gertml <gertml at xs4all.nl> wrote:
> what we most need now is a new generation of social media platforms that are fundamentally different in their incentives and dedication to protecting user data.
> If we have learned anything over the last decade, it is that advertising and data-collection models are incompatible with a trustworthy social media network. The conflicts are too formidable, the pressure to amass data and promise everything to advertisers is too strong for even the well-intentioned to resist.
> One set of Facebook alternatives might be provided by firms that are credibly privacy-protective, for which users would pay a small fee (perhaps 99 cents a month). In an age of “free” social media, paying might sound implausible — but keep in mind that payment better aligns the incentives of the platform with those of its users.
> “network effects” are not destiny.
> https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/03/opinion/facebook-fix-replace.html
> --G
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