Lanchester (2017). You Are the Product.

“In the open air, fake news can be debated and exposed; on Facebook, if you aren’t a member of the community being served the lies, you’re quite likely never to know that they are in circulation. It’s crucial to this that Facebook has no financial interest in telling the truth. No company better exemplifies the internet-age dictum that if the product is free, you are the product. … If your only interest is in connecting people, why would you care about falsehoods? They might even be better than the truth, since they are quicker to identify the like-minded.” (¶14)

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International Telecommunication Union. (2017). The activation of radio broadcasting receivers in smart/mobile telephones and tablets.

“… citizens of the world would benefit if manufacturers of mobile telephones, tablets, and similar devices as well as associated service providers would include and activate a broadcast radio tuner functionality in their products …”

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Stoycheff (2016). Under Surveillance: Examining Facebook’s Spiral of Silence Effects in the Wake of NSA Internet Monitoring.

“… those holding the dominant opinion eagerly volunteered their ideas [page break] … but the ‘nothing to hide’ group seemed to experience some degree of dissonance when their views were in the minority, as they were inclined to ‘hide’ them.” (p 307-308)

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Francis (2010). Perspectives on Technology. (The Technological Imperative in Canada)

“From Bacon onward, a host of social reformers and utopianists alike have seen in technology the panacea to the multiplicity of ills besetting society, many of which are, ironically, the direct results of the very technology that has become the object of faith.” (p 16)

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