Kent Nutt, Author at Activate World

U.S. tech companies help with Chinese censorship

The topic of Tiananmen Square, the pro-democracy protests that took place there 30 years ago, is banned by China’s authoritarian internet rules. The number of deaths is unknown with human rights organizations estimating a death toll many times that of local authorities. Chinese tech companies with the help of some U.S. companies block Tiananmen-related posts and…

National Service – restoring purpose and active citizenship

Several candidates in the 2020 Democratic primary are pushing the idea of expanding national service. The idea is to encourage people, especially younger adults, to work on projects that benefit the country in various ways. The first federally funded service corps was created by Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s and expanded by John Kennedy, Lyndon…

Amazon rejects proposals for climate change and facial recognition

Amazon’s stock has increased six-fold in the last five years, making investors lots of money. But at this year’s annual meeting, the amount of criticism leveled at the company in the form of shareholder resolutions was unprecedented. Investors voted on 12 of the proposals with none getting a majority vote, but they highlight issues that…

Billionaire pledges to pay Morehouse College graduates’ student loans

Robert F. Smith gave the 2019 commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta. His speech to 396 graduates touched on Mr. Smith’s education and experiences launching a highly successful career. Then he departed from his prepared remarks and said, “My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans!” Lunchtime Conversations: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted “This…

U.S. doesn’t answer Christchurch Call

The Trump Administration said it would not sign an international accord to persuade internet platforms to eradicate violent and extremist content. This position highlights differences between the U.S. and other countries on the government’s role in determining acceptable online content. Lunchtime Conversations: How can governments and social media platforms find a balance between protecting the…

Facebook’s co-founder calls for break up

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes is calling for regulators to break up the social media giant, which he calls a “powerful monopoly, eclipsing all of its rivals and erasing competition.” He saw firsthand the company’s evolution from a dorm room project to an over $500 billion company used by billions of people worldwide.  Lunchtime Conversations: The advertising business model is the…