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Did Media Literacy Backfire?

[Commentary] In the United States, we’re moving towards tribalism, and we’re undoing the social fabric of our country through polarization, distrust, and self-segregation.

For new infrastructure, apply Republican approach to power and communications

[Commentary] The incoming Trump administration and the new Republican Congress seem interested in providing tax advantages and new debt availability for infrastructure spending. But project developers will need revenue to pay off debt.

End in Sight for FCC War on Free?

[Commentary] In recent weeks, the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has drawn concern from virtually all corners with its increasingly sharp critiques of innovative offerings that allow U.S.

Requiem for an Agency

[Commentary] The Federal Communications Commission had a great run.

An Inconvenient Truth About Silicon Valley and Donald Trump

[Commentary] In classic Silicon Valley fashion, Peter Thiel made a contrarian bet that the ideas Donald Trump espoused — primarily, that many Americans weren’t being served by the current establishment, and a massive disruption could unleash the c

I Covered Tech for the Times for 28 Years, And Now My Time Is Over

[Commentary] Yes, I’m retiring from the New York Times. I’m certain that when the next corrupt president is impeached it will be because of the hard work and persistence of some new Woodward and Bernstein.

Police Reform Can Start On Twitter

[Commentary] From July 2015 through August 2016, I interviewed dozens of New York Police Department (NYPD) leaders and employees, many anonymously, in an attempt to fully document the department’s adoption of Twitter and other online platforms.

Jared Kushner Might Now Be Our Best Hope for World-Class Internet

[Commentary] Those who urge progressive tech policy have no more ideas than anyone about how the surprise results of the 2016 election will affect the issues about which they care the most. But in one area, I see reason for hope.

Reimagining cities from the Internet up

[Commentary] It’s been a little more than a year since Alphabet (then Google) and I launched Sidewalk Labs.

Fake News Is Not the Only Problem

[Commentary] The web that we’ve built — the social web, search engines, and spaces governed by algorithmic systems attuned to social signals (clicks, shares, likes, comments) — makes it increasingly difficult to locate a definitive response to fab