Can we defund social media to counter toxic culture?

July 29, 2020

The toxicity of social media is certainly not new. Media in general tends to cultivate an ongoing lament that our culture and hence civilization is in decline, and that the proof and cause exist within some maligned and misunderstood newcomer.


The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence

July 27, 2020

While this pandemic has disrupted the otherwise unstoppable rise of automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and the culture of data driven decision making, efforts to normalize and gloss over the governance issues of this technology has continued unabated.


Future Fibre: Ammon Idaho’s open fibre utility

July 23, 2020

As our Future Fibre series has progressed, so to has our understanding of what is possible and what ought to be. It’s not that the grass is greener elsewhere, but when you learn of the cheap, fast, and reliable Internet that other communities posses, envy is a reasonable response.


When your boss is an algorithm

July 22, 2020

We live in a black box society where many of the decisions made about us are done by algorithms and machine learning models that are opaque, indecipherable, and unaccountable. This poses an existential threat to democracy, fairness, and arguably our ability to make a decent living.


Invisible enemies in a datafied society

July 20, 2020

The historical significance of this pandemic rests not just in the severity of the accompanying disease or the high rate of infection (fueled by superspreaders) but in the data being generated about and around the virus. This is the significance of the quantified or datafied society: seemingly everything is measured and monitored.


Deciphering disinformation from dystopia

July 15, 2020

If one were to draw a word cloud from our pandemic posts I imagine that the coupling of disinformation and dystopia would be prominent. These two bed fellows are pillars of this pandemic, framing our perception, and influencing our psychology.




Mark E. Jeftovic

Mark is the co-founder of easyDNS and the editor-in-chief of #AxisOfEasy. He is the author of Managing Mission Critical Domains & DNS (Packt UK, 2018) and Unassailable: Protect Yourself from Deplatform Attacks & Cancel Culture. 


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