intro’d to Roger via recent posts w him and Tristan Harris
Tristan Harris (@tristanharris) tweeted at 10:18 PM – 7 Jan 2018 :
ICYMI: I HIGHLY recommend reading Roger McNamee’s huge piece in Washington Monthly detailing my work with him, @noUpside (and so many others behind the scenes) to defend democracy from the “maximal manipulation” model of social media. https://t.co/De7IoYy8PB(http://twitter.com/tristanharris/status/950235334612144128?s=17)
I recommend that Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others be required to contact each person touched by Russian content with a personal message that says, “You, and we, were manipulated by the Russians. This really happened, and here is the evidence.” The message would include every Russian message the user received.
This idea, which originated with my colleague Tristan Harris, is based on experience with cults. When you want to deprogram a cult member, it is really important that the call to action come from another member of the cult, ideally the leader.
Eighth, and finally, we should consider that the time has come to revive the country’s traditional approach to monopoly. Since the Reagan era, antitrust law has operated under the principle that monopoly is not a problem so long as it doesn’t result in higher prices for consumers. Under that framework, Facebook and Google have been allowed to dominate several industries—not just search and social media but also email, video, photos, and digital ad sales, among others—increasing their monopolies by buying potential rivals like YouTube and Instagram. While superficially appealing, this approach ignores costs that don’t show up in a price tag. Addiction to Facebook, YouTube, and other platforms has a cost. Election manipulation has a cost. Reduced innovation and shrinkage of the entrepreneurial economy has a cost. All of these costs are evident today. We can quantify them well enough to appreciate that the costs to consumers of concentration on the internet are unacceptably high.
how about we make monopoly irrelevant by modeling a nother way to live.. sans money
via Howard fb share:
Early Facebook and Google employees form coalition to fight what they built
“The largest supercomputers in the world are inside of two companies — Google and Facebook — and where are we pointing them?” Mr. Harris said. “We’re pointing them at people’s brains, at children.”
The new Center for Humane Technology includes an unprecedented alliance of former employees of some of today’s biggest tech companies. Apart from Mr. Harris, the center includes Sandy Parakilas, a former Facebook operations manager; Lynn Fox, a former Apple and Google communications executive; Dave Morin, a former Facebook executive; Justin Rosenstein, who created Facebook’s Like button and is a co-founder of Asana; Roger McNamee, an early investor in Facebook; and Renée DiResta, a technologist who studies bots.
He said the people who made these products could stop them before they did more harm… “This is an opportunity for me to correct a wrong,” Mr. McNamee said..t
perhaps rather than correct.. let’s solve a deeper problem via 2 convos
Solo artist, vocals, bass & rhythm guitar w/ Moonalice, vocals & acoustic guitar w/ Doobie Decibel System / http://www.ddsband.com .
Roger McNamee (born May 2, 1956) is an American businessman, investor, venture capitalist and musician. He is the founding partner of the venture capital firm Elevation Partners. Prior to co-founding the firm, McNamee co-founded private equity firm Silver Lake Partners and headed the T. Rowe PriceScience and Technology Fund.
McNamee is also a touring musician, first as a founding member of the Flying Other Brothers, and more recently in that group’s follow-on band, Moonalice. Between the two groups, McNamee estimated in April 2009 that he has played 800 shows., in an April 13, 2009 article from the San Francisco Chronicle.
In 2004, McNamee co-founded Elevation Partners along with a number of other investors including U2 frontman Bono. He currently serves as its Managing Director. Elevation Partners investments have included Palm, Inc., Forbes, and Facebook.
He became expert on Facebook by using it to promote … Moonalice, and now is focusing on video by live-streaming its concerts. He says musicians and top professionals share “the almost desperate need to dive deep.” This capacity to obsess seems to unite top performers in music and other fields.
According to The New York Times, McNamee has been instrumental in arranging at least two $500,000 donations to the Wikimedia Foundation. Roger McNamee is a member of the Wikimedia Foundation’s advisory board, and acts “as a special advisor to the Executive Director on business and strategy issues
Bill Gates wrote in his book The Road Ahead: “Roger was a great sounding board for many of the ideas I wrote about”. Mark Zuckerberg (who met McNamee in summer 2006 at a time when Facebook reportedly had buyout offers of around $750 million) said McNamee was “emphatic” that Facebook not be sold; Zuckerberg stated he “clearly cared about building something long-term and about the impact of the things we build as opposed to just making money in the short term,” advice that Portfolio.com called “prescient”: in October 2007, Facebook sold just 1.6 percent of the company to Microsoft for $240 million. McNamee himself confirmed that.
An early investor in Facebook, McNamee became very critical of its impact on society and US democracy, as expressed in his OpEds for USA Today and The Guardian. Earlier, on CNBC, he explained that he had tried to warn Facebook about the impact of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections in the US. He has also been interviewed by NPR on the topic. As part of this effort, McNamee joined Time Well Spent as a Founding Advisor.