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Reading List

by Mohamed Nanabhay

Mohamed is the Deputy CEO of the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF), which invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies. Mohamed is the Board Chair of Global Voices and a member of the Board of the Mozilla Foundation. Previously, he was the Head of Online at Al Jazeera English.

My reading list tells a story of contradiction. Lots of data being used (and abused) in some markets against low access and high cost in others. The pieces on how internet business models, different types of personal data, and rethinking the ad economy provide an important foundation to understand how this contradiction will probably unravel - those who profit off data providing cheaper access to millions to come online to generate more data. I worry that with the rush to make money and innovate, we have not given enough thought to the impact of our designs. Articles on the challenge to democracy, harassment of women journalists online, and bias in machine learning challenge us to think about these issues.