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Whistleblowing is as old as America itself
Whistleblowing is as old as America itself | GZERO World

Whistleblowing is as old as America itself

Whistleblowing is nothing new … the country’s first whistleblower case can be traced back to its founding.

Our villain is a man named Esek Hopkins, born in 1718 to a prominent Rhode Island family. He went to sea as a privateeer at the age of 20 and made a name for himself in 1765 by captaining the slave ship Sally, from West Africa to the West Indies. During the journey, 109 out of the 196 slaves aboard lost their lives. In one of our country’s earliest instances of “failing up,” Hopkins’ disastrous command of the Sally earned him the role of Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Navy just as the Revolutionary War broke out.

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The path to holding social media companies accountable
The Path to Holding Social Media Companies Accountable | GZERO World

The path to holding social media companies accountable

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen thinks governments need to rethink how they regulate social media companies to hold them accountable for the consequences of their actions.

Instead of laws banning specific stuff, which lawyers are very good at skirting, governments should develop legislation that opens conversations about potential problems.

"That's an ongoing, flexible approach to trying to direct them back towards the common good," she tells Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

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Facebook's terrible week proves tech policy changes are needed
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Facebook's terrible week proves tech policy changes are needed

Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director at Stanford's Cyber Policy Center, Eurasia Group senior advisor and former MEP, discusses trends in big tech, privacy protection and cyberspace:

Will the testimony of the whistleblower be a game changer?

Now it certainly was a down week for Facebook, which also faced a major outage and new accusations by Frances Haugen, the whistleblower who provided a trove of information first to the Wall Street Journal, and then gave testimony before US Congress. She reminded the world of how little transparency we really have into what Facebook does and how its business models create societal harms. But really after a week of outcry, we need more than that. Only clear policies will bring back the balance between the power of private companies like Facebook and independent oversight.

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