Andrew Keen is a author of 3 books: Cult of a Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is a horde of Keen On.
It hasn’t been a great few weeks for amicable media companies like Facebook and Twitter.
But in annoy of all a definite problems compared with feign news, it’s value reminding ourselves of a equally definite county value of amicable media.
Take, for example, a purpose of amicable media in a response in Houston to Hurricane Harvey. According to Art Acevedo, Houston’s Chief of Police, amicable media collection like Twitter, Nextdoor, Periscope and Facebook became a “de facto 9111 system” during a predicament — personification a “huge role” in his department’s response to Harvey and positively saving lives during a late Aug deluge.
Yes, Acevedo acknowledges, a critique about amicable media as a apparatus for swelling hatred is “well placed”. That said, however, Houston’s military arch — who boasts of carrying over 42,000 Twitter followers — believes that amicable media platforms have turn a “huge partial of crime fighting” and is now his department’s biggest “force-multiplier”.
Indeed, he would like to see new applications that are means to “geocode” people’s smartphones so that they can accept crime stage alerts and settle other crowdsourced ways of preventing and elucidate crimes. Above all, Acevedo argues, amicable media can emanate a kind of laxity between military and adults that “breeds trust” – a hint of a healthy county ecosystem.
Acevedo — who was innate and bred in southern California — believes that Texas, and quite Houston, offers innovators a really appealing choice to Silicon Valley. With a deficiency of state income taxation and a good food and informative resources, Acevedo insists that Houston is “the many underneath appreciated city in a United States.”
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