This week, we have two interviews. First we hear from two researchers in Britain- Chico Camargo and Felix Simon- who recently published a paper that takes a critical look at a term that has been often used in recent months to describe a stew of problems in the information ecosystem- the term “infodemic”.
Then, our feature interview this week is with the authors of the bestselling book AN UGLY TRUTH: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination– New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang. I got to speak with Sheera and Cecilia about the reception to the book, and whether the type of change it suggests is necessary at Facebook is possible under its current management and structure.
Justin Hendrix is CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press, a new nonprofit media venture concerned with the intersection of technology and democracy. Previously, he was Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. He spent over a decade at The Economist in roles including Vice President, Business Development & Innovation. He is an associate research scientist and adjunct professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Opinions expressed here are his own.