New Power

How fake news impacted voters; being an Estonian e-resident; and more.


  • Micah Sifry reviews Jeremy Heimans and Henry TImms’ new book, New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World—and How to Make It Work for You.

  • April Rinne explains for Quartz what it is like being one of Estonia’s first “e-residents.”

  • A new study (not yet peer reviewed) shows that former Obama voters who believed one of the false news stories that circulated about Hillary Clinton were significantly less likely to have voted for her, suggesting that fake news played a roll in voter suppression and the election results, Aaron Blake writes in The Washington Post.

  • Foundation funding for the fight against fake news shows no signs of slowing, Mike Scutari reports for Inside Philanthropy.

  • Life in Facebookistan: A Facebook white paper published just after the election agreed with the Trump campaign’s assertion that they were better at Facebook, Sarah Frier reports for Bloomberg.

  • As the manager of New York City’s pension fund, which includes $1 billion of Facebook stock, Scott Stringer plans to put pressure on the company to add three independent directors to the board with backgrounds in data and ethics, Tiernan Ray and Jon Swartz report for Barron’s.

  • Tim Wu writes in The New York Times that instead of trying to fix Facebook, we should think about replacing it. “Yes, we have come to depend on social networks, but instead of accepting an inherently flawed Facebook monopoly, 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,” he argues. “Barring a total overhaul of leadership and business model, Facebook will never be that platform.”

  • Zuckerberg will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11, Jordan Crook reports for TechCrunch.

  • Gizmodo’s Daniel Kolitz asked several academics whether Amazon is evil.

  • Kudos to Code for America, a recipient of the 2018 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

  • Moment of zen: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.