"There is a strong chance could become the international face of the movement to constrain , in much the same way her predecessor became the international face of the anti-nuclear movement in the 1980s."
Richard Harman

Nuclear weapons (and even the waste from nuclear power) kill people in huge numbers, through catalysing systemic diseases like cancer. What does it tell us when people are comparing social media to this?

What I desperately want to know is, what do these politicians and pundits mean when they say "social media"? Are they talking specifically about ad-selling, corporate-owned like FB, YT, and the birdsite? Or they using it in its technical sense, where it distinguishes platforms for user-generated media (including the ) from media where the ability to publish is controlled by editors and other gatekeepers?

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There is both a risk and an opportunity in the current political sabre-rattling against "social media" in multiple countries. The will attempt to capture any new regulation and twist it into anti-competitive forms that disproportionately target smaller players, and even non-commercial ones like most instances (eg ). But if we can educate politicians enough, they might begin dismantling the datafarming revenue model that gives their dominance (eg ).

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