Scrapping net neutrality; accepting that tech won't make us happy; and more.

  • We knew it was coming, but it still sucks to relay that Cecilia Kang reports that the chairman of the F.C.C. Ajit Pai plans on introducing a proposal to scrap net neutrality rules today.

  • The Justice Department’s new head of antitrust, Makan Delrahim, said last year that he saw no problem with the AT&T/Time Warner merger that the DOJ is now trying to block, Klint Finley reports for Wired. Finley also writes that the government’s attempt to block the merger is a bad sign for tech companies.

  • David Brooks opines in his New York Times column that tech execs should acknowledge the limitations of their products. “Their technologies are extremely useful for the tasks and pleasures that require shallower forms of consciousness, but they often crowd out and destroy the deeper forms of consciousness people need to thrive,” he writes. “Online is a place for exploration but discourages cohesion. It grabs control of your attention and scatters it across a vast range of diverting things. But we are happiest when we have brought our lives to a point, when we have focused attention and will on one thing, wholeheartedly with all our might.”

  • Writing for Civicist, Patrick Atwater argues that public data should be treated like water, so it can flow everywhere it is needed. “The revolutionary potential of the internet means that we can do more than simply build a more beautiful user interface for antiquated government operations,” he writes.

  • Media matters: Last week, after it became apparent that tweets from the news outlet The Hindu were no longer appearing in Twitter’s search results, the editorial team reached out to Twitter, and heard back that the account had been “inadvertently” caught in a spam filter, A.S. Panneerselvan writes. “The term inadvertent is inadequate to explain how the algorithm works,” Panneerselvan writes. “Algorithms give weightage to some terms, tags, and traffic, and they are neither neutral nor objective. They are not immune from undesirable manipulations.” If it can happen to a verified account with 4.5 million followers, it can happen to anyone. Panneerselvan asks how we can hold platforms accountable for their algorithms: “Technology giants, with their focus on market valuation and profitability, are not going to focus on this crucial aspect of our digital life. This will have to be a collective effort, like any struggle for egalitarian values, to retrieve the credible information space.”

  • Daily Beast founder Tina Brown tells Recode’s Kara Swisher that she’s ready for tech companies to start supporting the media companies that have filled their platforms with quality content for years. “I am very angry and upset about the way advertising revenue has been essentially pirated by the Facebook-Google world, without nearly enough giveback—no giveback, really—to the people who create those brilliant pieces that are posted all over their platforms,” Brown said. “It’s high time they gave back to journalism.”

  • Mitch Daniels explains in The Washington Post how not to lure Amazon to your city.

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  • Attend: Next Monday, Zephyr Teachout and Franklin Foer will discuss Foer’s new book, World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech at Civic Hall. Learn more and purchase tickets here.