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SMC at TED 2024

It was an extraordinary week of conversations, community, and strategic action in Vancouver. The TED 2024 gathering was a sign of the future. A diverse group of technologists, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and mission-driven founders gathered to face complex questions and plan for the future. Sustainable Media Center’s Board of Advisors had a strong showing. At a Monday night dinner hosted by the Clarion foundation, SMC advisor Dr David Sweet gathered Vancouver, digital leaders and SMC board of advisors members per

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The Digitization Of Childhood Play

Jonathan Haidt’s new book “The Anxious Generation” is generating many conversations about youth and social media, and the impact of growing up in a digital world. His work aligns with the mission of other important activists in this field. Lenore Skenazy’s Free-Range Kids has been around since 2008. Fifteen years ago, Skenazy wrote a controversial column on her decision to let her then-nine-year-old son take the New York City subway home alone, which became a national story and prompted massive

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Design It For Us Applauds Passage of Maryland Kids Code

April 6, 2024Design It For Us Co-chair Zamaan Qureshi issued the following statement on the unanimous and bipartisan passage of the Maryland Kids Code: “We are grateful to the members of the Maryland General Assembly for standing up to Big Tech and prioritizing the safety of kids and teens. This takes us one step closer to putting an end to Big Tech’s unchecked power over our data and privacy. We are proud of the role young advocates played from the

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Facebook INSIDERS Speak Out: A live Zoom event with fmr Employees

A public conversation “It was a hundred times worse than any of us expected. There were millions of pedophiles targeting tens of millions of children.”— Former Facebook Engineering Director NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, March 28, 2024 / EINPresswire.com / — Live Event: Unveiling the Truth Behind Facebook Date: Wednesday April 3rd, 1pm ET Time: 1pm ET / 10am PT The conversation will feature a live discussion featuring Jeff Horwitz, the esteemed author of “Broken Code” and the journalist who brought the

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Trump’s Troubled TRUTH

The story of how Truth Social has arrived at a moment to become a public company seemingly overnight is a complicated financial journey — but one worth unpacking. The public company that is merging with Truth Social was formed in 2019 in shell company known as a SPAC, a Special Purpose Acquisition Corp. You can read the SEC filings here. There are 283 pages of filings; see if you can find a clearer story than that one I’m going to

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The TikTok Doom Loop

Starting with the allegations against TikTok: The U.S. government has an agency named CFIUS, tasked with monitoring foreign entities operating in the U.S. After a year of scrutinizing TikTok, it has reached no definitive conclusions, essentially hitting a deadlock. For Congress to label TikTok as a threat, one would expect solid evidence. To clarify, I do believe there is evidence of harm, but it pertains to social media at large, not specifically TikTok. Jonathan Haidt’s new book “The Anxious Generation”

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SXSW: A Year Of Innovation And Introspection

SXSW is always a mix of the serious and a bit of a journey into the unknown. This year, Austin was alive with possibilities and complexities. I spent four days jumping from one conversation to another, and a theme emerged. The opening day of the SXSW Conference was also International Women’s Day. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, joined the panel “Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen” alongside Katie Couric, Brooke Shields and author and

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AI Bull In A Marcus China Shop

“AI doesn’t understand facts, truth, or privacy. It is a reckless bull in a china shop, and we should demand better, Says Gary Marcus. When I invited Marcus, emeritus professor of psychology and neural science at NYU, to join me on stage at SXSW, I knew we were going to create a bit of a firestorm. In the realm of artificial intelligence, Gary is the quintessential rebel with a cause. He stands out — not just for his contrarian views

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Grievance Nation

I was on a flight to San Francisco last week waiting for takeoff when the pilot announced a delay. The pilot explained the runway was backed up, and we waited, and then were told that the plane was ready to taxi, but first we needed to go and pick up some fuel. Next to me, a father with two children became enraged, venting at the flight attendant, “We couldn’t have gotten the fuel before while we were waiting?” The flight

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SXSW® 2024 Presents Renowned AI disruptor Gary Marcus and AI Truth Explorer Steven Rosenbaum debate the Future of Truth

March 11th Conversation To Raise Complicated Issues NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ — As part of SXSW® 2024, a thought-provoking discussion on artificial intelligence [AI] advancements in truth dissemination and perception will take center stage. The session, entitled “AI and the Future of Truth”, will explore the intersection of AI and the evolving concept of truth in today’s digital age. The Featured Session will be on Monday, March 11, 2024 at 2:30 PM local time at

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