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Grant Potter

https://www.wired.com/story/free-speech-issue-tech-turmoil-new-censorship "The freedom of speech is an important democratic value, but it’s not the only one. In the liberal tradition, free speech is usually understood as a vehicle—a necessary condition for achieving certain other societal ideals: for creating a knowledgeable public; for engendering healthy, rational, and informed debate; for holding powerful people and institutions accountable; for keeping communities lively and vibrant. What we are seeing now is that when free speech is treated as an end and not a means, it is all too possible to thwart and distort everything it is supposed to deliver."

"Creating a knowledgeable public requires at least some workable signals that distinguish truth from falsehood. Fostering a healthy, rational, and informed debate in a mass society requires mechanisms that elevate opposing viewpoints, preferably their best versions. To be clear, no public sphere has ever fully achieved these ideal conditions—but at least they were ideals to fail from. Today’s engagement algorithms, by contrast, espouse no ideals about a healthy public sphere."

"By this point, we’ve already seen enough to recognize that the core business model underlying the Big Tech platforms—harvesting attention with a massive surveillance infrastructure to allow for targeted, mostly automated advertising at very large scale—is far too compatible with authoritarianism, propaganda, misinformation, and polarization. The institutional antibodies that humanity has developed to protect against censorship and propaganda thus far—laws, journalistic codes of ethics, independent watchdogs, mass education—all evolved for a world in which choking a few gatekeepers and threatening a few individuals was an effective means to block speech. They are no longer sufficient."

Grant Potter

Grant Potter

https://hapgood.us/2017/09/05/students-as-creators-and-the-capitalist-impulse/ "the most subversive idea you could have at a university these days is that you might think a few connected thoughts without throwing them into either publication or the attention economy."

Grant Potter

"A new form of information manipulation is unfolding in front of our eyes. It is political. It is global. And it is populist in nature. The news media is being played like a fiddle, while decentralized networks of people are leveraging the ever-evolving networked tools around them to hack the attention economy." https://points.datasociety.net/hacking-the-attention-economy-9fa1daca7a37#.mp6jtf3dw

Grant Potter

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads https://books.google.ca/books?id=STJbCwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Grant Potter

"product designers .. play your psychological vulnerabilities against you in the race to grab your attention." https://medium.com/@tristanharris/how-technology-hijacks-peoples-minds-from-a-magician-and-google-s-design-ethicist-56d62ef5edf3#.6nxybkei4

Grant Potter

"digital technologies are shifting scarcity from capital to attention." http://worldaftercapital.org/

Grant Potter

http://bulletin.kenyon.edu/x4280.html "The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them.."

Grant Potter

"Preventing abuse online requires the people running a site or an app to invest time, effort and attention into protecting their community." https://medium.com/@anildash/against-don-t-read-the-comments-aee43ce515b9#.eakcrbyzl

Grant Potter

"What if we saw attention in the same way that we saw air or water, as a valuable resource that we hold in common?" https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2251996/The%20Cost%20of%20Paying%20Attention%20-%20The%20New%20York%20Times.pdf