Till Innovation Comes
A blueprint for exploiting the country’s divisions; questions for Sidewalk Labs in Toronto; and more.
The Rita Allen and Knight foundations have commissioned a report on the sustainability of civic tech, published today.
Bianca Wylie compiles a list of questions that Torontoist and Toronto residents have for Sidewalk Labs.
Cisco Systems wants to make Michigan “one of the most secure and digitally advanced” states in the country, Jonathan Oosting and Christine Ferretti report for The Detroit News.
All the videos from Asia’s first ever civic tech festival are now up online here.
Social media matters: Facebook, Google, and Twitter have informed congress that inflammatory content created and dispersed by Russian agents had a far larger reach than first reported, reaching 126 million users on Facebook alone, Mike Isaac and Daisuke Wakabayashi report for The New York Times.
“We did not understand the extent to which governments–essentially what the Russians did–would use hacking to control the information space. It was not something we anticipated strongly enough,” Google/Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt told Fast Company. “I worry that the Russians in 2020 will have a lot more powerful tools.”
Facebook gave political advertisers and campaigns a “targetable breakdown of a fractured United States, which could’ve been used as a blueprint for exploiting the country’s divisions,” Alex Kantrowitz reports for BuzzFeed.
Nine experts weigh in for The New York Times on how to fix Facebook—as a product, a company or both.
A new report from the World Economic Forum says tech companies should be tackling extremism and political misinformation online more aggressively, David Ingram reports for Reuters.
Christopher Mims reports for The Wall Street Journal that people are lining up to take a crack at reining in Facebook’s freedoms.
Happy Halloween! Vu Le has written seven scary nonprofit stories to tell in the dark on his blog, Nonprofit: always Fresh. Might I recommend the story, “Wait Till Innovation Comes”?