Access to the personal data of millions of users is making large social media corporations such as Facebook, Google and Twitter too powerful for the comfort of observers of the civil society.
Speaking to Farah Bookwala Vhora, Ethan Zuckerman, director of centre for civic media at MIT in US believes building tools such as parallel social networks are critical at this point to disarm the strong grip of social networks on the lives of ordinary citizens and hold those in power accountable.
Talking about ideas changing the internet, Zuckerman said, “It’s been a long time since I am working on pop-up ad. Now a lot of the work that I am doing is both around documenting other forms of civics.”
“A lot of my work these days is around this question of – if internet giants like Google and Facebook are becoming too powerful, can we decentralize, can we find other ways of having control over these spaces,” he added.
“I am also a very strong advocate of this idea that we need to decentralize that we shouldn’t have Facebook, WhatsApp be so powerful and have so much control of our lives,” Zuckerman further added.