Social media platforms have immense power, from shutting down voices to amplifying what we see. But is that singular power perilous to democracy?

Guests

Shoshana Zuboff, professor emerita at Harvard Business School. Author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.” (@shoshanazuboff)

Guillaume Chaslot, founder of AlgoTransparency. Mozilla fellow. Advisor at the Center for Humane Technology. He helped develop YouTube’s recommendation algorithm from 2010 to 2011. (@gchaslot)

Ramesh Srinivasan, professor in UCLA’s Department of Information Studies. Director of the UC Digital Cultures Lab. Author of “Beyond the Valley.” (@rameshmedia)

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Jason Myles, guitarist for the band Bitter Lake. Host of the This Is Revolution podcast.

Interview Highlights

On the digital century’s impact on democracy

Shoshana Zuboff: “What is this fight for the soul of our information, civilization? It’s a fight about whether or not our

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By Vivian Wang, The New York Times

It was 1:30 a.m. just days before the new year, and the 22-year-old employee of Pinduoduo, a Chinese e-commerce company, was leaving after a long day of work. Suddenly, she clutched her stomach and collapsed. Her co-workers rushed her to a hospital, but six hours later, she died.

Less than two weeks later, a young Pinduoduo worker leaped to his death during a brief visit to his parents. The next day, a third employee said he had been fired after criticizing Pinduoduo’s work culture.

The day after that, a delivery driver for another technology company set himself on fire, demanding unpaid wages.

“I want my blood and sweat money,” he said in a video shared widely on Chinese social media in recent weeks.

The string of deaths and protests has reopened a national debate around the power of China’s biggest technology companies

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YouTube might soon introduce shopping links within videos. The video streaming platform is experimenting with embedding links inside videos which it claims will help seller as well as viewers.

Currently, the platform uses links in the form of cards and banners in order to help creators interact with the audience and provide relevant references through other YouTube videos.

The introduction of shopping links with further YouTube’s ability to provide direct access to shopping material.

According to a report by Engadget, a few viewers on YouTube have claimed to have spotted a shopping bag icon on the bottom left corner of the screen. Tapping on this icon then list the items featured in the videos.

The report suggests that only a select few creators are part of the pilot program to access direct shopping links within a YouTube video. The pilot program is currently showing up for US YouTube viewers on

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