But the notion that the technical foundations of Facebook are supposed to be so complex that they cannot be audited and that its business model is so fast that it cannot be slowed down, is finally overcoming its undeniable dangers. From the political manipulation of free elections to the violence against minorities to the detriment of young people, and even the misleading public health information prolonging and worsening the epidemic, the company’s products have created a perfect positive gift for society.
In the case of the U.S. auto industry, not only regulation but also the need for an enforcement agency to ensure compliance was similarly not immediately clear. The need to actively control that infrastructural technology and the wisdom, rather than relying on fiction, that consumer choice was the primary process of avoiding harm, was recognized only after decades of loss and years of whistle blowing and investigative journalism.
Like the ubiquitous internet Platform, Detroit in the mid-20th century created something that most Americans felt they could not live without and quickly became dependent. Extensive suburbs spread around the city, allocating racist resources to empty urban centers and encouraging white flight. As a result, having one or more cars was a necessity for a growing number of Americans. State and federal government resources moved toward building more and wider roads to ensure that automobile traffic was uncontrolled, even – or in particular – those who could not carry automobiles or who were structurally prohibited from leaving their neighbors were cut in half and Destroyed by prominent domains, attempts were made to collect more land for highways in and out of the city.
At the moment, the Big Three seemed irresistible, revolving around the U.S. landscape with the help of strong business and government interests, while illegally merging with each other and against public interest and public safety for the public good.
When lawyer and activist Ralph Nader found the 1965 bestseller bomb shells Insecure at any speed As U.S. public discourse began to explode, auto executives stood in front of Congress. They told the American public and those who represented them that they were doing their best to make cars safer and less polluting and that they could do little to immediately reverse the damage caused by their products. Executives have reduced the level of the public safety crisis and often claim consumers are unaware of the extent of the damage to their products. Their answer was, of course, basically a deal whose goal was to save profits and keep control out as long as possible. Ford President RJ Miller at the time described how his Lincoln Continental was safe enough to save his life in a freeway accident – the door did not jam, the gas tank did not explode and Miller escaped unharmed. He further promised that Ford would do everything in its power to improve security in the coming years.
But over the next few years, Ford instead cut corners in terms of safety, producing cars like the Ford Pinto that removed key safety features in order to come to market faster and hold production costs in order to maximize profits. In 1977, the infamous Ford Pinto “Memo”, which was unveiled Mother Jones Investigative reporter, details the horrific cost analysis of the company’s past and future accidents. According to the memorandum, the Pinto occupants caused horrific deaths and burn injuries to the entire body in rear-end collisions, once the lawsuit or other settlement was paid, they would be less than the cost of fixing the Pinto designed to prevent gas tank explosions. The cost of fixing the design was $ 11 per car. After public and government pressure, it was implemented through the withdrawal of the recently created National Road Traffic Safety Administration’s demand.
Today, a similar scenario continues in the Big Tech state শব্দ a term that has become a shorthand for advertising-driven platforms and Internet-backed arbitration companies that reduce the cost of goods and services by pressing both workers and consumers. Whistle blowers from multiple companies, mostly women and many of them women of color, took on the role of Nader in the 1960s from Ifeoma Ojoma, who stood at Pinterest and later worked. To make laws To ban the undisclosed practice of undisclosed contracts for whistle blowers in California, and Timnit Gabru, who warned the world that Google’s lack of commitment to AI ethics in practice, to Sophie Zhang and now Frances Hausen. In each case, the companies have similarly tried to silence, arson or defame these workers, preserving their harsh treatment for women of color.
The need to change the power structure of this sector is important not only for society, but also for democracy: As Hausen testified last week, Facebook has marred its massive profits not to solve known problems but to avoid being perceived as the cause of those problems. Like Arjoy Miller, Mark Zuckerberg says that regulation is all that is needed to delay and deviate.