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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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In HTC's "behind the scenes" video, we caught a few glimpses of the company's potential Android Wear device
It appears as though we may have gotten yet another peak at HTC’s upcoming smartwatch. In the company’s own “behind the scenes” promotional video, we caught a glimpse of the device charging on an employee’s desk, giving further legitimacy to past ...
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The LG G Pad 7.0 is reportedly heading to AT&T with full LTE connectivity
Earlier this month, LG made the G Pad 7.0 and 10.1 official in the US, opening more consumers up to their flagship tablets. Now, the LG G Pad 7.0 is headed to AT&T with LTE connectivity. This is certainly no surprise as last month we got ...
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A major bug in Android Wear is preventing users from installing paid applications on their devices
While Android Wear and its complementary devices have only been in the hands of the public for a short time, there are unfortunately still some issues that need to be worked out. As of right now, a bug is preventing users from installing paid ...
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Ivan Trevino and Break of Reality traveled to Turkmenistan as music ambassadors for the US State Department
The thoughts and ideas expressed in this blog post belong to the author and are not in any way affiliated with American Music Abroad or the U.S. State Department. ------ Turkmenistan is considered ...
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Chrome for Android updated to include better text rendering for non-mobile sites and Google Doodles on new tab page
The latest version of Chrome for Android may not have the longest or most exciting changelog, but it will certainly make for a better user experience. With the latest update comes better text rendering for websites that do not have a mobile version, ...
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Google+ discontinues “real names” policy, a rule that has plagued users since the service's inception
Since its inception, Google+ has required users to use their real names for their pages. While this slowly opened up overtime, it was only today that Google opened names up completely, allowing users who do not wish to use their real names the option ...
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NASA has confirmed that it will be using Project Tango devices in an upcoming launch
While Project Tango isn’t yet ready for public release, we are still getting a pretty constant stream of information about the initiative from Google. In the latest update, NASA has confirmed that it will be using the devices in an upcoming launch. ...
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I recently received my Bachelor's of Arts degree in Music from Plymouth State University studying percussion with Tim Gilmore. In addition to performing regularly with the University's ensembles, I have performed extensively with professional ensembles. I am also currently studying marimba with renowned performer Yuko Yoshikawa.

I am also a professional technology journalist with experience writing for some of the top publications in the field. I have experience reporting and investigating news, writing Op-Eds, and writing in-depth application reviews.
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