Harris vs. Pence on tech

With help from John Hendel

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Harris makes Trump’s taxes an issue during debate

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisOvernight Defense: Top military officers quarantine after positive COVID case | Distracted pilot, tech issues led to F-35 crash It matters: Kamala Harris and the VP debate CDC director says it’s safe for Pence to take part in debate MORE (D-Calif.) raised the issue of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump and Biden’s plans would both add to the debt, analysis finds Trump says he will back specific relief measures hours after halting talks Trump lashes out at FDA over vaccine guidelines MORE‘s tax returns during Wednesday’s vice presidential debate, in an effort to contrast Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and Biden’s plans would both add to the debt, analysis finds Trump says he will back specific relief measures hours after halting talks Chance the Rapper, Demi Lovato to play digital concert to encourage voting MORE with Trump on the issue of transparency.


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Tristan Harris And “The Social Dilemma:” Big Ideas To Fix Our Social Media Ills

Somehow, it figures that an online media and technology conference would be dogged by tech problems when its opening keynote featured social-media critic Tristan Harris. But that’s exactly what happened in today’s NYC Media Lab Summit, which eventually opened with Harris’ truncated conversation about hit Netflix
documentary The Social Dilemma, followed by a panel of tech-sector and journalism critics discussing “Big Ideas” to fix both industries.

“So this is ironic on a whole bunch of levels,” said host Steve Rosenbaum, managing director of the NYC Media Lab, after the Harris talk finally started 20 minutes late.

Harris, head of the Center for Humane Technology and a former Google
design ethicist, has become a prominent critic of the ways social-media companies harvest and profit from user data, abuse their market power, and encourage self-reinforcing information bubbles that lead to extremist positions.

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