The actions of technology platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Google’s YouTube, and others have generated a lot of debate. This is a pivotal moment for technology and its role in what is speech in our post-Internet society. “At every level of the tech stack, corporations are placed in positions to make value judgments regarding the legitimacy of content, including who should have access, and when and how,” notes researcher Joan Donovan. Since this is an area of interest, I found this analysis informative and educational.
It is not a surprise that 2021 has been very much like 2020 — the date doesn’t change the reality of the pandemic, political chaos, and all the harsh truths of post-Internet society. And perhaps that is why I decided to tune out — and instead spent time on things that mattered. My retreat from … Continue reading Short Strategic Retreat
The erstwhile bad boy of money has now become the establishment. Bitcoin is no longer a cryptocurrency but instead has become a speculative asset. Many now believe that, like gold, it too is a hedge against the shenanigans of weak-willed political fiscal lords. And that is not cool, says former New Yorker writer James Surowiecki, who noted in a recent essay: “Bitcoin was, after all, not designed to be a speculative asset. It was designed to be a currency, a new medium of exchange that people could, and would, use to transact daily business with each other.” Bitcoin has never lived up to that original dream of being a currency, and there are multiple reasons why — the biggest being the speculative fervor around it. Surowiecki is one of my favorite finance writers, and he doesn’t disappoint with this piece. It is worth a read.