The World Is Relying On The Virtue Of Mark Zuckerberg To Protect Us From Facebook
"Facebook is going to try to be a monopoly, why would it not?" asks Columbia University law professor and information monopoly expert Tim Wu. "Fortunately, it's a monopoly of social networking. It's not like it's bread or something."
But the potential for Facebook to have the world's monopoly on social networking is not trivial, concedes Wu. It will, after all, be the world's largest repository for personal data, as well as the world's largest digital phone book.
According to Wu, there are three entities that can regulate Facebook—and anything else for that matter: government can regulate from the top down, consumers can revolt from the bottom up, and the company leaders can regulate themselves by choosing to be virtuous.
"That's why Google hasn't been broken up," says Wu. "They have not been evil. That, and they don't know nearly as much about you."
When asked whether it Facebook seems like the kind of company that will engage in rigorous self-regulation, Wu was skeptical. "It doesn't look that promising," he says.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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