By Mitchell Baker
Last Thursday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg broke her silence on the Cambridge Analytica scandal and said, “We’re open to regulation.” Founder Mark Zuckerberg made similar comments to CNN the day before.
And earlier this month, Google announced a $300 million initiative to address the rise of false information online. “The last thing you want as a search engine is to see the open internet become a race to the bottom,” Philipp Schindler, Google’s Chief Business Officer, declared.
“Techlash” is having an impact. With growing awareness of threats to privacy, access and innovation, as well as increasing suspicion of super-conglomerates in the areas of search, content, e-commerce and social media, we’re finally seeing pervasive pessimism yield some change. …
By Clay Cane
Originally, I had decided not to watch the reboot of “Roseanne” because of Barr’s vocal and bizarre worship of Donald Trump.
What’s bizarre about Barr’s affinity with working class Americans like her eponymous character — or her being on the road to becoming the next Ted Nugent — is, among other things, that she has been a multimillionaire for a long time. …
By Jonathan Cristol
On Tuesday, Korea-watchers were surprised by the news that North Korean President Kim Jong Un had made the 24-hour journey to Beijing on his armored train to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. While Kim attended a German-speaking school in Switzerland as a boy, this was his first trip abroad since becoming North Korea’s leader in 2011.
The context of the visit is important: in just a few weeks, Kim will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in for the first time. …