The Cloud and The Land – Audio Version

Should we accelerate hard into a tech-fuelled future? Or act now to put on the brakes?


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A judge dismissed the US government’s antitrust lawsuit against Facebook this week. Half my Twitter timeline celebrated; the other half were appalled.

So this week, reflections on what many say is an increasingly urgent question.

Should we do everything we can to accelerate the pace of technological advance? Or act now, via regulation, to apply the brakes?

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1. Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia threw out the US Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit against Facebook.

2. Manifestos such as the Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace imagined a world of decentralised power and radical individual empowerment.

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David Mattin is the founder of the Strategy and Futures Research Unit. He sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.