By McNamee, Roger
American businessman, investor, venture capitalist and previous mentor of Mark Zuckerberg, Roger McNamee, warns us about the dangerous evolution of Facebook, and how their negligence is ultimately resulting in something akin to a dystopian nightmare. Sat in his dorm room, ninetee...n-year-old Mark Zuckerberg would never have imagined that his newly born social media platform would evolve into the election-meddling monster that it is today. Facebook's involvement in international politics, whether that be the USA's 2016 presidential election or the UK's Brexit referendum, has left its 2.1 billion users feeling deeply invaded. In You Won't Believe What Happened Next, McNamee tracks the downhill spiral that Facebook has initiated, exposing it as one of the main foundations of misinformed politics. He explores how algorithms are easily monopolized to feed users' interests - which is all fun and games when this is limited to a simple shoe brand - but becomes immediately alarming when they are manipulated into making serious political decisions. Given the omnipresence of technology combined with the current political climate, McNamee's startling expose is a riveting must-read.Read more
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Roger McNamee has been a Silicon Valley investor for 35 years. He co-founded successful funds in venture, crossover and private equity. His most recent fund, Elevation, included U2's Bono as a co-founder. He holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Roger plays bass and guitar in the bands Moonalice and Doobie Decibel System and is the author of The New Normal and The Moonalice Legend: Posters and Words, Volumes 1-9. He has served as a technical advisor for seasons two through five of HBO's Silicon Valley series and was also responsible for raising the money that created the Wikimedia Foundation. His essays have been published in the Guardian, The Washington Post, USA Today and Washington Monthly.
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