<unlike-us> Cadwalladr takes on tech gods

Doug Schuler douglas at publicsphereproject.org
Mon Apr 22 20:15:48 CEST 2019

I did take the reporting that we have been publishing in the
over the
two and a half years
I did condense it into a 15-minute talk, and I did deliver it on the TED
main stage directly to the people I described as “the Gods of Silicon
Valley: Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Jack
Dorsey”. The founders of Facebook and Google – who were sponsoring the
conference – and the co-founder of Twitter – who was speaking at it.

I did tell them that they had facilitated multiple crimes in the EU
referendum. That as things stood, I didn’t think it was possible to have
free and fair elections ever again. That liberal democracy was broken. And
they had broke it.

It was only later that I began to realise quite what TED had done: how, in
this setting, with this crowd, it had committed the equivalent of inviting
the fox into the henhouse. And I was the fox. Or as one attendee put it:
“You came into their temple,” he said. “And shat on their altar.”


Douglas Schuler
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