On human connections and digital platforms

This weekend’s issue is all about social media. The connectivity provided by platforms like Facebook and Twitter provides incredible opportunities — for both the coalescence of communities and for the data collection of corporations.

Questions abound. Does social media change something fundamental about the way we interact as human beings? Have these technologies permanently disrupted the way we will organize ourselves as states and communities moving forward? What does it mean to ‘be monitized’ and to monitize our activities? To be sure, this newsletter is more about finding new questions than providing sure answers.

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