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Are Apple and Facebook bad for democracy?

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/S8buc5 )

We're trying to have a democracy here, and ideally an informed one.

Nowadays, however, almost everyone is too distracted with their smartphones to muster the attention span to put up with reading a newspaper or news magazine delivered by a publisher, or even watching TV news.

Instead, we get news through apps and on social networks. The biggest source of apps in the U.S. and the biggest social network are Apple's App Store and Facebook, respectively.

This trend transfers the job of gatekeeper of what political information reaches the public from publications, editors or news directors to the likes of Apple and Facebook -- the companies that choose, in Apple's case, which apps are allowed and which are banned or, in Facebook's case, which news stories or sources are favored by its secret algorithms.

What that means -- and there's no gentle way to put this, so I'm just going to say it -- is that the people in charge of what voters and citizens know are people motivated by selling tiny computers with "selfie cameras" or ads for tiny computers with "selfie cameras" (Samsung is currently the biggest advertiser on Facebook).

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2988922/social-media/are-apple-and-facebook-bad-for-democracy.html

#apple   #facebook   #democracy  
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Ivan Trevino and Break of Reality traveled to Turkmenistan as music ambassadors for the US State Department

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Mark Ford's Azalea performed by Charlie Nesmith from +Marimbalogy 

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Casey Cangelosi performing Temazcal by Javier Alvarez

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Ivan Trevino's Pretend Music School

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In HTC's "behind the scenes" video, we caught a few glimpses of the company's potential Android Wear device

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Chrome for Android updated to include better text rendering for non-mobile sites and Google Doodles on new tab page

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The LG G Pad 7.0 is reportedly heading to AT&T with full LTE connectivity

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Google+ discontinues “real names” policy, a rule that has plagued users since the service's inception
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