A collection of essays from technologists and scholars about how machines are reshaping civil society
“If technology can mold us, and technologists are the ones who shape that technology, we should demand some level of ethics training for technologists.”
Officials in the United States should make ballots verifiable—or go back to paper.
Pundits complain that people are satisfied with the echo chambers they’re in, but that’s not quite right.
Journalists still expect people to turn to them first to make sense of the world. They shouldn’t.
The intimacy of the format has the potential to make listeners feel things—and emotional resonance affects how people perceive information.
Platforms and news organizations both need to do more with technology to protect people.
A low-tech solution to America’s voting problems
Platforms should give users the opportunity to experience informational environments as others see them.
Emerging technologies are enabling more invasive management practices.
One way to improve democracy is for more people to appreciate its complex technological underpinnings.
“What exactly do you do when you go to the polling place?”
Machines and software can improve how well our democracy works for its citizens—but only with human-guided efforts.
At a moment when institutional distrust is surging, there’s an urgent need to support civics education.
Privacy doesn’t just benefit individuals. It’s crucial for a functioning democracy.
… and fixing both begins in American schools.
Faith in crucial institutions requires the free flow of reliable information.
Political discussions online are perceived as less respectful, less likely to be resolved, less civil, and more angry than discussions in other forums.
Software-independent backup systems are more important than ever.
But letting people use the internet to register to vote is a start.
It’s time for representative government to catch up with internet-era concepts of community.