Headline, December 09 2019/ '' ' BETTER INTERNET BEAMS ' '' : STUDENTS !WOW!



MARK MY WORDS : THE  WORLD'S BEST and only hope is The World Students  Society; !WOW! is the exclusive ownership of every student in the world.

EVERY SINGLE STUDENT IN THE WORLD must endeavour to understand what the world is enduring. Words can never capture the misery of poverty, injustice, climate change, joblessness, and dignity.

Just yesterday, Iraq lost 14 great students, 14 indomitable sons. And I could go on and on covering :    Algeria, Lebanon, Syria,  Kenya, Venezuela, Bolivia, Mexico, India, Kashmir, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Madagascar, Iran,............

On The World Students Society the ''Founding Framers'', with great dignity, pride, honor, selflessness and with total devotion to serving the mankind sublimely, feel : ''Great things must be attempted. And only great things done.''

Google image search for ''beautiful'' turned up predominantly young white women, and searches for news turned up conspiracy theories. Nevertheless, Facebook uses algorithms to suggest stories to us.

Advertisers use those algorithms to figure out what we'd like to buy. Search engines use them to figure out the most relevant information for us.

There is a lot of pressure on tech companies from the government as well as from activist employees to change what they do with user data. But that doesn't mean we're going to see an improvement. We might even see Facebook getting more comfortable with authoritarianism.

''They've already shown a willingness to do this - they've bent to the demands of other governments,''   said Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor at the University of Virginia and author of a recent book, ''Antisocial Media''.

He predicts that we are about to see a showdown between two powerhouse social media companies - Facebook and WeChat.
WeChat has more than one billion users in China and among Chinese diaspora groups, and their users have no expectation of privacy.

Facebook has 2.4 billion users, dominating every part of the world except China. If Facebook wants to reach inside China's borders, it might take on WeChat's values in the name of competition.

As scary that sounds, none of it is inevitable. We don't have to lose our public digital public spaces to state manipulation. What if future companies designed media to facilitate democracy right from the beginning?

Is it possible to create a form of digital communication that promotes consensus-building and civil debate, rather than divisiveness and conspiracy theories?

That's the question I posed to John Scalzi, a science fiction writer and entusiastic Twitter pundit.

His books often deal with the way technology changes the way we live. In ''Lock In,'' for example, people with full body paralysis are given brain implants that allow them to interact with the world through robots - or even, sometimes, other people.

The technology improves lives, but it also makes the perfect murder a lot easier.

Mr. Scalzi is fascinated by the unintended consequences that flow from new discoveries. When he thinks about tomorrows, technology, he takes the perspectives of real, flawed people who will use it, not the idealized consumers in promotional videos.

He imagines a new wave of digital media companies that will serve the generations of people who have grown up online [soon, that will be most people] and already know the digital information can't be trusted.

They will care about who is giving them the news, where it comes from, and why it's believable.

''They will not be Internet optimists in the way that the current generation of tech billionaires wants,''   he said with a laugh. They will not, he explained, believe that the hype about how every new app makes the world a better place : ''They'll be Internet pessimists and realists.''

What would ''Internet realists'' want from the media streams?

The opposite of what we have  now. Today, platforms like Facebook and Twitter are designed to make users easy to contact. That was the novelty of social media - we could get in touch with people in new and previously unimaginable ways.

It also meant, by default, that any government or advertiser could do the same. Mr. Scalzi thinks we should turn the whole system on its head ''with an intense emphasis on the value of curation.'' It would be up to you to curate what you want to see.

Your online profiles would begin with everything and everyone blocked by default.

The Honor and serving of the latest Global Operational Research on Internet, Future and Students, continues.

With respectful dedication to Technologists, Designers, Students, Professor and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on !WOW! : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - the Ecosystem 2011 :

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