What It Would Take For Facebook To Stop Manipulating Us

Several months ago, I decided to take steps to reclaim my own attention.

I used to leave Facebook open on a tab on my machine, allowing me to see instantly when there were new notifications. Now I log out and close the tab. This small bit of extra friction has reduced my use of the social media platform by, I’m guessing, 80%. 

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Kaila Colbin
What Facebook Is Good (And Not Good) For

We gathered to raise a glass, just a half dozen of us. We knew him from high school, which had come to a capped and gowned end more than 25 years earlier. Some of us had been closer with him than others, but we all had a similar sense of him: big smile. Huge heart. Funny. Friendly. Made you feel good.

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Kaila Colbin
Advertising Ignorance Is Not Bliss

Mark Zuckerberg sat on his fat cushion, gazing over the heads of the photogs at the senators. His posture, words and tone were calculated to project earnest honesty and helpful transparency. Nothing to hide. We’re here to help.

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Kaila Colbin
Zuckerberg's Talk About User Control Is Meaningless

“This is the most important principle for Facebook,” said the man sitting before the Senate's Commerce and Judiciary committees. “Every piece of content that you share on Facebook, you own, and you have complete control over who sees it… and how you share it, and you can remove it at any time.”

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Kaila Colbin
Self-Driving Cars? We're Already In Danger

May 2017. I’m hosting a panel on technology and inequality with three extraordinary humans: one bringing healthcare to rural New Zealand, one making data visually accessible to anyone, one working on rape crisis counseling in sub-Saharan Africa. All three are furious with the way vast swathes of the world are restricted from opportunities, indignant at our collective inability to act faster and experiment more broadly with emerging technologies to make the world a better place for everyone.

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Kaila Colbin