We all deserve a future with humane technology

This is a rare window where we can have critical, far-reaching conversations about the role of Big Tech in democracy with the potential to enact real change

We are in the midst of a pivotal moment following the release of the "Facebook Files" and Frances Haugen's Congressional testimony.

According to internal documents shared by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, the company ignored major red flags about the way content is circulated on its platform in most parts of the world. In fact, it may have contributed to anger and communal hatred as a trade-off for business gains. This neglect has had real-world consequences — putting millions at risk.

Frances is a specialist in algorithmic product management. She worked at Google, Pinterest, and Yelp before joining Facebook — first as a Product Manager on Civic Misinformation, and then on the Counter-Espionage team. But what she saw at Facebook was that the company consistently and knowingly prioritized profits over public safety.

So Frances made the courageous decision to blow the whistle — which resulted in the biggest disclosure in the history of Facebook, and in the history of social media.

Haugen has shared scores of internal research papers, slide decks, discussion threads, presentations and memos with lawmakers, regulators and journalists. The information provides an unvarnished view of how some within the company tried to raise alarms about its harmful effects, but often struggled to get Facebook leaders to act.

The growing rancor could lead to new government investigations and force the company to disclose more details about how its software works.

🎙 With that, Center for Humane Technology shares with us a special podcast interview with the whistleblower herself, Frances Haugen, in addition to a way we can help make social media a safe place. In this special interview, co-hosts Tristan and Aza go behind the headlines with Frances herself. They go deeper into the problems she exposed, discuss potential solutions, and explore her motivations — along with why she fundamentally believes change is possible.

📖 A team of reporters at Rest of World combed through more than 60 pieces of reporting from The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, and the rest of the Facebook Papers consortium earlier this week to offer a country-by-country view. What they found is repeated underinvestment from Facebook in countries outside the West, which has helped spur hate, violence, and even armed conflict.


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🚀 Miroverse is a template gallery to discover the proven workflows, projects, and frameworks of the Miro community and get started right away – or share your own.

📕 Stripe Press highlights ideas that we think can be broadly useful. Some books contain entirely new material, some are collections of existing work reimagined, and others are republications of previous works that have remained relevant over time or have renewed relevance today. Web design is also inspirational, like the ideas.

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Articles

The Facebook Files

A Wall Street Journal investigation

How I got hired — Networking

Joel Califa | Newsletter Issue

Why We Crave Software With Style Over “Branding”

Molly Mielke | Future

Creative Rules

WePresent x KIA

Break your own laws

Anton Sten | Personal Website

Actions you can take to tackle climate change

Heather Higinbotham Davies | The Wired

Videos

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What happened

  • Beethoven's unfinished 10th symphony has been "finished" using AI and the fragments of musical sketches he left behind. The symphony will debut in October.

  • Apple and Google shut down a voting app meant to help opposition parties organize against the Kremlin in a parliamentary election in Russia.

    • The companies removed the app from their app stores on Friday after the Russian government accused them of interfering in the country’s internal affairs, a clear attempt by President Vladimir Putin to obstruct free elections and stay in power.

  • France ranks first for small business survival in Europe with 70% of startups in the country still in business after 5 years.

  • Windows 11 is now available on new PCs and as a free update for existing computers.

    • Microsoft is betting Windows 11 will help it connect with a new generation. Windows 11 includes a fresh user interface, built-in Teams video chat, and other tweaks, including a news feed and updated widgets.

  • The world lost about 14 percent of its coral reefs in the decade after 2009, mainly because of climate change, according to a sweeping international report.

  • Apple has released a slew of new products this week, including its highly anticipated new MacBook Pro laptops, with their super fast M1 chips.

  • Google aims to be net-zero by 2030 without relying on offsets—meaning it will rely entirely on clean energy.


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