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Jonathan Zittrain Internet Law Professor at Harvard Law School

A social-media or search company looking to take the next step and attempt to create a favorable outcome in an election would certainly have the means. While a propagandistic Google doodle or similarly ideological alteration to a common home page lies in plain view, newsfeeds and search results have no baseline. They can be subtly tweaked without hazarding the same backlash.
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Samidh Facebook civic engagement chief

I am not blind to the damage that the internet can do to even a well-functioning democracy.
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Alexis C. Madrigal Writer at The Atlantic

Facebook’s draw is its ability to give you what you want. Like a page, get more of that page’s posts; like a story, get more stories like that; interact with a person, get more of their updates. From the system’s perspective, success is correctly predicting what you’ll like, comment on, or share. But as far as “personalized newspapers” go, this one’s editorial sensibilities are limited. Most peopl... See More

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Richard Stengel US Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

With people communicating horizontally, the trend line toward increasing freedom and democracy is there
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Sam Greene Director of the Russia Institute, King’s College London

Our politics are vulnerable to nefarious influences — whether of the Kremlin variety or the Breitbart variety — not because our information landscape is open and fluid, but because voters’ perceptions have become untethered from reality. For reasons that are both complex and debatable, very many voters have stopped seeing government as a tool for the production of the common good, and have instead... See More

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