Can the Peacetech Industry Save the Internet?
The promise of the internet -- the very soul of the tech industry -- is under siege.
Those of us who worked to create the internet during the Cold War were driven by the deep belief that open communication and collaboration could change our world for the better. But that belief was not a guarantee. Today, the same technological advancements that have dramatically increased the ease of communicating and sharing information are being used for harm and hatred.
Online groups claiming freedom of speech proudly disseminate instructions for creating untraceable firearms with 3D printers. The Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, warns that the digital infrastructure serving this country is under attack by foreign agents. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg admits to feeling "a deep sense of responsibility" to fix disinformation and hate speech on the platform, which has been linked to deadly violence in several countries.