If you’re new here, we’re New_ Public, and we’re focused on creating flourishing digital public spaces. Welcome to our second Tuesday Open Thread! We miss reading magazines in coffee shops, and going to book readings, and so we decided to celebrate our first magazine issue by connecting the writers with the readers. Today’s prompt:
We’ve devoted our new issue of New_ Public Magazine to trust, in all its various forms and meanings.
We’re hoping that many of you have had a chance to read the issue (and if you haven’t, quick! there’s still time to get a question in) and that it’s gotten your mind spinning with ideas, not-yet-fully-developed-thoughts and questions about the rapidly evolving fringes of our internet lives.
Here’s your chance to discuss the articles, and to ask our writers… absolutely anything about their piece.
As a refresher, we had:
Blockchain experts Primavera de Filippi, Morshed Mannan, and Wessel Reijers with “The myth of trustlessness”
Cybersecurity expert Maggie Engler with “The people who get locked out under 'zero trust'”
Writer Joanna Scutts with “What data taught me about my pandemic baby”
Machine learning researcher Caroline Sinders with “What does it mean for machine learning to be 'transparent?'”
Journalist Annie Howard with “What historic queer spaces can teach us about online trust”
Zimbabwean journalist Nyasha Bhobo with “The West’s mistrust of digital Africa”
Writer Laura Yan with “How talking about race divided a beloved dog training Facebook group”
Researchers Kelly Pendergrast and Anna Pendergrast with “Can New Zealanders trust an automated government?”
Political scientist José Marichal with “Trust an algorithm, or trust your neighbor?”
Congressman Ro Khanna in conversation with our Co-director Eli Pariser with “Ro Khanna makes the case for digital public space”
Siegel Foundation Executive Director Katy Knight with “We must prioritize trust in digital infrastructure”
Please mention the author by their full name so they can jump in and answer some of your questions. Our writers are in different parts of the world with complicated schedules, and many of them will be responding later. You can check back to see their responses, and you will get an email from Substack if someone replies to you directly.
We are assuming that you, like us, are looking for more flourishing places on the internet. We want this to be one of those places! Please treat others with openness, generosity and respect.
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