I want to be optimistic about this, I really do. But it feels too much like tech folks trying to “save the world” again, centering themselves and ignoring the critical, deep scholarship and experience from outside their orbit. nyti.ms/2GJoKHg
If they're serious about lobbying, finding others equally worried about algorithm-driven propaganda, and aiming to get the intelligence community on board I could see this having an impact. /me imagines the FBI going full-Dem in about 25 years…
yeah, I'm a little worried that this is being done with the same form of earnestness that led to the problem in the first place.., I do wish it well, - but maybe involving different types of people even...you know?
I agree! I think that part of my doubt comes from Tristan Harris's name on it. He seems like someone looking for a issue to ride, and I'm not hearing much about wholesale filter bubble manipulation here.
I’ve got this kind of thing listed as one of the topics for my next fieldwork grant (on the attention stuff). Definitely interesting to see where they do and don’t share frames of reference with their former employers.