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New research shows that more and more of our public conversation is unfolding within a dwindling coterie of sites that are controlled by a small few, largely unregulated and geared primarily to profit rather than public interest. Unsplash

Big Fail: The internet hasn’t helped democracy

New research into the economics of attention online casts doubt on the net’s role in fostering public debate, and raises concerns about the future of democracy.
The future of local news is sobering but not without some measure of hope. By illuminating both the values and challenges besetting local journalism, we can reimagine a new day for local news. (Shutterstock)

The future of local news is one bound with our own

Local news is in peril. Here's what can be done to save it.
After 10 years, could Apple finally be losing their control over the way apps are installed on their platform? Shutterstock

The ethics of Apple’s closed ecosystem app store

A law suit against Apple on antitrust grounds could force the company to open up its App Store. That could mean more exciting apps for consumers, but it could also make the system less secure.
Conversations on Facebook ethics are part of a bigger conversation about information architecture. AP Photo/Alastair Grant

The internet is designed for corporations, not people

An expert explains how Facebook's privacy issues are linked to a bigger problem – a 'hostile information architecture,' largely controlled by corporate interests.
In this April 2017 photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at his company’s annual developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Zuckerberg says he will testify to U.S. Congress about the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data breach. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File

Why not nationalize Facebook?

Facebook has become a key part of the world's infrastructure, not just another tech company. It's time to start treating it that way.
A Supreme Court of Canada ruling has triggered long-dormant provisions in the Competition Act that make preventing monopolies more difficult, especially in vulnerable media industries. (Bank Phrom/Unsplash)

Supreme Court ruling makes need for Competition Act reform urgent

The Supreme Court of Canada's 2015 decision to allow a hazardous waste monopoly in B.C. gave life to long-dormant provisions in the Competition Act that make preventing monopolies more difficult.

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