Episode 4: Tech’s Next Threat: The Weaponization of Loneliness

Could tech’s next threat be a bot that breaks your heart? What happens when human empathy becomes hackable? Welcome to tech’s future dystopia. It’s not as far off as you think. We are entering a Synthetic Valley where the lines between what’s real and fake are blurring. Aza Raskin from the Center of Humane Technology says the weaponization of loneliness is the greatest threat to … Continue reading Episode 4: Tech’s Next Threat: The Weaponization of Loneliness

Brian Acton

WhatsApp Cofounder Says Encryption is Solution to Tech’s Trust Problem

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton says he hopes his work at privacy non-profit Signal Foundation will help usher in a new era of free expression. Acton speaks openly about how users should navigate privacy in a tech era where trust has been tarnished, and responds to calls to break up big tech. Continue reading WhatsApp Cofounder Says Encryption is Solution to Tech’s Trust Problem

WhatsApp Cofounder Responds to Sen. Warren’s Calls to Break up Facebook

Read an edited transcript below, or listen to the full interview on the First Contact podcast. No one’s pointing a gun to your head and saying, you must use WhatsApp or Facebook or whatever. I mean, there are choices. Laurie Segall: There’s this narrative right now, especially playing out politically where all these tech companies are under fire. Do you think that tech companies have too … Continue reading WhatsApp Cofounder Responds to Sen. Warren’s Calls to Break up Facebook

Episode 3: WhatsApp Cofounder on Walking Away from Facebook and Why Privacy is the Future

In an exclusive interview, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton opens up about walking away from more than $850 million dollars at Facebook, and why with all the money in the world he’s betting on privacy. In this candid interview, Brian says he hopes his work at privacy non-profit Signal Foundation will help usher in a new era of free expression. Acton speaks openly about how users should navigate privacy in a tech era where trust has been tarnished, and responds to calls to break up big tech. The notoriously private founder also speaks about his upbringing – from “shoveling shit” far from the Silicon Valley promised land, Acton explains how growing up doing the “non sexy’ jobs led him to success, and why time is his most valued asset. First Contact explores the complicated dynamics of money and happiness, privacy and protection, and the pursuit of free expression in a world where our data has become currency. Continue reading Episode 3: WhatsApp Cofounder on Walking Away from Facebook and Why Privacy is the Future