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Social Media Platforms Need To Be Regulated! NYU Prof Sees “Dangerous Issues For Society”

Authored by Vasant Dhar, NYU Sterm Professor, op-ed via CNBC, Unregulated social media platforms pose significant societal risks. That's what we found out after the 2016 election, when it became clear that social media had been used for political mass manipulation in the world's oldest democracy. We should not be surprised. Despite a large scale […]


Adoption, Not Just A Game For Brangelina

By Chris at www.CapitalistExploits.at Who would have guessed that US Patent No. 3,906,166, granted in 1975 to Martin Cooper of Motorola would completely change the world? My kids tell me that was a long time ago, which I suppose it was…. Here’s global cell phone penetration over the last decade. Not bad… With hindsight we can […]


White House May Ban Staff From Using Mobile Phones

As part of Donald Trump’s ongoing quest to halt leaks from within his administration, the White House may ban its employees from using personal mobile phones while at work. The move is expected to “raise concerns among staff including that they’ll be cut off from family and friends” according to five administration officials who leaked […]


Detroit’s Digital Divide: Low Income Citizens Build Their Own Internet

The city of Detroit, in the U.S. state of Michigan, has experienced an impressive economic and demographic shift over the past 50-years. Deindustrialization coupled with depopulation has stripped the city of it’s economic strength cascading it into turmoil. Global competition from automakers shifted manufacturing jobs out of the area. As businesses left, communities decayed, inducing […]


Addictions: Social Media & Mobile Phones Fall From Grace

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Identifying social media and mobile phones as addictive is only the first step in a much more complex investigation. For everyone who remembers the Early Days of social media and mobile phones, it's been quite a ride from My Space and awkward texting on tiny screens to […]


The Demise Of Dissent: Why The Web Is Becoming Homogenized

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, In other words, we'll be left with officially generated and sanctioned fake news and "approved" dissent. We've all heard that the problem with the web is fake news, i.e. unsubstantiated or erroneous content that's designed to mislead or sow confusion. The problem isn't just fake news–it's the […]


VR and the Future of Science

For centuries, scientific thought has enabled us to answer questions we have about our universe. Like Sir Isaac Newton’s question of why the apple fell from the tree and Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, breakthroughs in the areas of science, but also technology, engineering, and math (STEM) have allowed us to push forward with an […]


“Google & Facebook Are 1984” – Tax Them ‘Til They Bleed

Authored by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog, An entire library of articles about Big Tech is coming out these days, and I find that much of it is written so well, and the ideas in them so well expressed, that I have little to add. Except, I think I may have the […]


De-FANGed: Five Ways The Disrupters Could Be Disrupted

We highlighted the launch of the ICE FANG futures contract earlier this week (here) and what an auspicious moment it was for the launch. The argument put forward by our guest author, Kevin Muir via The Macro Tourist blog, was that it is possible to be “bearish on the FANG stocks, but not be some […]


Russian Hackers Win Again: John Kelly’s Personal Cell Allegedly “Compromised” For Months

Is John Kelly the latest victim of the now infamous, pesky, yet extremely elusive, ‘Russian hackers’ that cost Hillary Clinton the 2016 election and are slowly taking over the world?  According to Politico, he just might be… White House officials believe that chief of staff John Kelly’s personal cellphone was compromised, potentially as long ago […]


Russia Provides New Internet Connection To North Korea

Authored by Martyn Williams via 38North.org, A major Russian telecommunications company appears to have begun providing an Internet connection to North Korea. The new link supplements one from China and will provide back-up to Pyongyang at a time the US government is reportedly attacking its Internet infrastructure and pressuring China to end all business with […]


Gold Pop, Dollar Drop On “Red Hot” Mueller Social Media Probe Headlines

Following a weak 30Y auction, headlines struck that special prosecutor Robert Mueller is said to have "red hot" focus on social media with Bloomberg reporting his team probing Russia-backed fake news on social media. The instant reaction was dollar weakness and gold strength. This just continues the narrative started last week with Facebook admitting collusion […]


Facebook Engagement-For-Hire Economy Has Generated More Than 100 Million Fake Likes

After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier this week confirmed allegations that the company had sold at least $100,000 of ads to a Russia-backed troll farm – igniting a firestorm of liberal sanctimony as pundits like Rachel Maddow proclaimed that they had finally found the “smoking gun” proving that Russians had swayed the election in President […]


“This Is Dangerous”: Digital Activists Slam Tech Firms For Banning Neo-Nazi Websites

As social media and internet companies scramble to ban or otherwise cut ties with extremist and far right-wing websites like the Daily Stormer, which were unceremoniously dropped by the likes of GoDaddy, Google and security firm Cloudflare earlier this week after helping to organize last weekend's deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, a prominent […]