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.
- The world's slowest internet is the least affordable
- Show me my data, and I’ll tell you who I am
- Internet slowdowns are the new shutdowns
- Taxing social media in Africa
- Spotlight: Rethinking digital ads
- The challenge of democracy in the digital era
- How do the biggest internet companies make money?
- Recognizing the bias of artificial intelligence
- More than half of the world is online, but...
- Women journalists feel the brunt of online harassment