The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are brimming with all the bombast and bluster we’ve come to expect from today’s politics – replete with juicy soundbites expertly packaged for cable and the Twitterverse. But it shouldn’t be this way, and Americans of all stripes should demand that government be made boring again.
The use of algorithms to track people’s online movements has generated lots of discussion in Washington in recent days. But while the headlines have focused on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and just what his platform knows about us, a lesser-known tracking story could prove an even greater threat to the bedrock principles of the nation’s constitutionally-mandated free press.
Mark Zuckerberg has apologized for “mistakes” and “a major breach of trust” after it came to light that the data of millions of Facebook users was compromised by a formerly little known consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica. But if you’re tempted to join the growing chorus of people pledging to boycott the behemoth tech giant, you should also be involved in finding a way to prevent this happening again.