Roadmaps

The high cost of "fake news" in Myanmar; fighting for the future of the Internet; and more.


  • On BuzzFeed, the EFF’s Jillian York has an important post up pointing out that women like danah boyd, Rebecca MacKinnon, Zeynep Tufekci, Soraya Chemaly, Jaclyn Friedman and Danielle Citron pioneered today’s critique of Silicon Valley’s tech platforms, but “you wouldn’t know that based on who is getting the most airtime today: the same kind of Authoritative Men that have always seized the conversation once it became lucrative enough to take charge.”

  • Men behaving badly: Sallie Krawcheck, the CEO of Ellevest, details in The New York Times how women’s ideas and talent are discounted and ignored on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, two places that she calls “perhaps the purest microcosms of capitalism.”

  • Life in Facebookistan: Here’s Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of a forthcoming book on the giant social network, speaking on NPR about the company’s efforts to stop fake news: “If Vladimir Putin had ordered a bunch of his favorite software engineers to design a propaganda system that would infiltrate the political environment of Ukraine and Poland and Hungary and even the United States, he could not have developed anything more effective than Facebook.”

  • Jeff Yates digs deep into the workings of the fake Facebook profile industry for Radio Canada.

  • Trump watch: The President’s outside lawyer, John Dowd, tells Mike Allen of Axios that the president cannot obstruct justice “because he is the chief law enforcement officer.” Why bother having laws then?

  • “There is no such thing as Rohingya,” a state security officer in Myanmar tells The New York Times’ Hannah Beech. “It is fake news.” In fact, more than 620,000 Rohingya Muslims have been driven out of Myanmar by a systematic military campaign of massacre, rape and arson.

  • As international journalist Sulome Anderson comments, “The gravity of an American president’s favorite catch phrase being used to justify ethnic cleansing will probably be lost in the noise this weekend, but it shouldn’t be. The truth has a big, red target on it now.”

  • Battle for the net: Free Press, Fight for the Future and Demand Progress have organized more than 600 protests are Verizon stores across the US for this Thursday. Find out more at VerizonProtests.com. FCC chair Ajit Pai is a former top lawyer for Verizon.

  • This is civic tech: This Thursday at Civic Hall, BetaNYC is holding one of a series of workshops to flesh out the next chapter of its “People’s Roadmap to a Digital New York City.”

  • Doteveryone, an Internet think tank based in London that fights for a fairer Internet, is looking to hire a “Trustworthy Tech Programme Manager.”

  • Callisto, a rapidly growing nonprofit that has created an online sexual assault reporting and documentation system that helps identify serial predators, is looking to fill several positions, including COO, development director, and senior software engineer.

  • JustFix.nyc, a housing justice app, is looking to hire a senior developer/engineering lead.

  • Nonprofits, here’s a call for inaction! (from Vu Le)

  • Your moment of zen: Trump meets Talking Heads.