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naut wrote

Governments have arguably not paid nearly enough attention to producing alternative digital solutions to giant centralised advertising companies that provide an increasing number of communication services for their citizens.

I'm sure there exists a large range of opinion on the gov't funding aspect, I think this is one of the more salient points in the article. Freedom of information is a hugely complex problem in an interconnected society, and the past years of evidence for how platforms can be manipulated only serve to show that actors with a financial attachment to information (Facebook, Google, etc) cannot be trusted to fairly provide access and moderation.

I wonder how easily we can even conceive these social networks to begin finding better solutions, given their emergent nature.