The Iron Grip of Facebook’s Tentacles

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Facebook’s power is portrayed in this one graph. Vladan Joler, leading the research, reveals the common denominator that drives the company’s momentum — the user:

All of us, when we are uploading something, when we are tagging people, when we are commenting, we are basically working for Facebook.

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Dataism and Homo Deus

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What happens in a world where we have conquered the traditional ills of pestilence, famine and disease, where technological platforms know us better than we know ourselves?

Prof Harari

Yuval Harari has written a provocative book, Homo Deus, which explores technoreligion and what he describes as data-ism.

Harari reckons we might see the rise of all powerful platforms that use their knowledge of us to their advantage (and our cost).

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On Uber, workers and regulation

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Regulation stifles innovation. Entrepreneurs must kowtow to bureaucrats. Regulators are always and can only be bad for innovation and customers. Ayn Rand had it right. Or did she?

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A British employment tribunal (basically a court) ruled that Uber drivers could not be treated as self-employed. Rather they should be treated as workers, a class which acquires certain employment rights, such as minimum wage and holiday pay, not present in the self-employed. The Court did not class them as employees, a status which would have conferred even more rights.

Picture of random British judges
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