• Washington Monthly

The world is choking on digital pollution


Hate speech and trolling, the proliferation of misinformation, digital addiction—these are not the unstoppable consequences of technology. A society can decide at what level it will tolerate such problems in exchange for the benefits, and what it is willing to give up in corporate profits or convenience to prevent social harm. We have a model for this urgent discussion. Industrial pollution is studied and understood through descriptive sciences that name and measure the harm.

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