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What everyday citizens can do to claim power on the internet | Fadi Chehadé and Bryn Freedman

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Technology architect Fadi Chehadé helped set up the infrastructure that makes the internet work — essential things like the domain name system and IP address standards. Today he's focused on finding ways for society to benefit from technology. In a crisp conversation with Bryn Freedman, curator of the TED Institute, Chehadé discusses the ongoing war between the West and China over artificial intelligence, how tech companies can become stewards of the power they have to shape lives and economies and what everyday citizens can do to claim power on the internet.

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29 Comments on What everyday citizens can do to claim power on the internet | Fadi Chehadé and Bryn Freedman

  1. Yes

  2. DiscoverYourAwesomeness // 20th November 2018 at 4:09 pm // Reply

    *It is never too late to be what you might have been.*

  3. Isaiah 65: 17 “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”

  4. Quick Fix - Thought Provoking Videos // 20th November 2018 at 4:15 pm // Reply

    Tech companies saying they self-regulate is the best joke I’ve heard this year.

  5. Abyssinia Empire // 20th November 2018 at 4:17 pm // Reply

    Destroy Article 13

  6. I’m claiming power on the Internet with my tacky eyeglass frames.

  7. Abyssinia Empire // 20th November 2018 at 4:18 pm // Reply

    We need a Despacito 2. The world needs a Despacito 2. The internet needs it.

  8. spiritfirewalker1 // 20th November 2018 at 4:24 pm // Reply

    The liberals are going to wind up destroying the world. I resent the fact of how they track you’re every move unless you pay for secure browsing.

    • Creative Guise // 20th November 2018 at 5:28 pm // Reply

      Dave C I understand what you’re saying. You’ll never find me deliberately say “Conservatives this” or “Liberals that.” Instead, I’ll say “most Conservatives,” etc. I do listen to both sides; quite the political adventure I’ve had these past few years. But the reasons we have the terms “Liberal” and “Conservative” is to describe a certain ideology, even if those who identify with one label or the other do not believe in every single tenant of that ideology.

    • spiritfirewalker1 // 20th November 2018 at 5:53 pm // Reply

      +Creative Guise splitting hairs about the word liberals. Tech companies are leading with liberal agendas that suppress the conservative views. I also try to look at things from both sides, trust me. But I lost count at the times that I wanted to puke at the the sheer nonsensical garbage coming out of their mouths.

    • You don’t really believe it is secure do you? Your router is hacked, all routers are hacked. They are made pre-hacked. You have to make your own router or get a very old one if you want it to really be secure.

    • Creative Guise // 20th November 2018 at 6:16 pm // Reply

      spiritfirewalker1 And it was the Liberals who have been the most vocal about and against those same companies.

    • Creative Guise // 20th November 2018 at 6:17 pm // Reply

      Eli Nope Interesting…

  9. Trying to make sense // 20th November 2018 at 4:40 pm // Reply

    I wonder how many people Google is shadow banning on the comments of this video.

  10. 10,000 Subscribers With No Videos Challenge // 20th November 2018 at 4:51 pm // Reply

    Video starts at 0:00

    Thank me later;) Have a great day!

  11. Very good insight. Hopefully we’ll learn to work together.

  12. justaname onyourscreen // 20th November 2018 at 5:03 pm // Reply


  13. Yea it’s going to take more than a few agreements to fix this. You want power… you cut out the middleman. There’s plenty of open source programs and projects out there in development specifically to decentralize the various uses of the internet such that no single company or individual is in ownership of a platform. But it takes work, research and a willingness to sacrifice the extended functionality of closed source software to go that route. Three things most people aren’t willing to expend any effort to do. It’s just much easier for them to use whatever is already installed on their desktop/phone/tablet. Shoot if game reviewers can’t even be bothered to properly explore the games they’re paid to review how can we expect the average individual to learn to use PGP, Bitcoin or a new operating system? There’s just too much sociology involved to expect anything other than a bad outcome at this point.

  14. He’s a moron, the corporations have already won…been a while now…go ahead an tell Google how much power you have lmao…the power to “opt out”,,,not really.

  15. Like the Theoden said to Gandalf in LOTR, “You have no power here”…

  16. Here’s the only thing you gotta know about how to get and keep power in your communities.

  17. Break the monopolies and perhaps there’s a chance

  18. Totally agree with this man. Companies only care for company ethics that are mostly based on profit. In medicine you have an oath. In most engineering you have the idea that what you strive for should benefit society.

    In the digital world there are no rules. Also in ethics when you don’t know if something will end being good or bad, if you have a suspicion that it could hurt society you should reconsider before continuing. That is called the precautionary principle. The astronauts of the challenger would still be alive. Ethics might not seem very important but they have worked in medicine and kindergartens, we do not have many Dr mengele making atrocities usually. It is not being done with finance and we pay it every day and I the digital world the precautionary principle is consistently being broken.

    The issue is that the stakes are very big, we are not slowly evolving, we are doing mutational jumps with techs we do not know how they will end and forgetting about any possible bad consideration.

    Also I believe more attention might need to be placed on digital engineers themselves. They know and feel the implications much better than a politician will. We have forces shaping society, one is the decimononic political force that goes slow but we have forces that are appearing with incredible force and are shaping our society. The representante of those for es should be listened because their insight is increasingly more important not because they have tech knowledge because they have lived and experience then not so slow growth of the tree of knowledge of those techs for decades. They know how it was before, why one branch grew stronger. Concluding, they can vision the trend of forces that are impacting society tremendously. They have lived computer since they were not much more than an interesting toaster in a desk and seen how and why they have conquered the planet. And their immense danger when in their regulation and oversight they are not listened and have to see like wizards of powerful forces how they are mismanaged by greedy unknowing politicians that cannot see the extent of what they are doing. .

    Society takes time to digest new tech, understand its implications and properly define its place and limits sometimes after bad things happen like a very big fish that digests a small one. But as the tech mutational events increase in impact it is already happening, it has already happened, that those newborn fishes are born already monsters and some have looked back and eaten democracy.

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