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Noam Cohen
Noam Cohen

Noam Cohen

Journalist & Author, "The Know-It-Alls"

Noam Cohen is a journalist and the author of "The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball." From 2007 to 2013, he wrote the New York Times' "Link By Link" column, which covered the influence of digital technologies on global culture and the economy, including some of the Times’ earliest coverage of Wikipedia, Bitcoin, and Twitter. Since then, Cohen’s op-eds in the Times have exposed the ties between Silicon Valley’s disruptive values and Donald Trump’s candidacy and election.

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"Noam Cohen, The New York Times contributing writer and 'The Know-It-Alls' author, discusses his essay in the New York Times Sunday Review about the threat big tech companies pose to the public."

Friday, October 13, 2017

"Noam Cohen, a former New York Times tech columnist, discusses his book THE KNOW-IT-ALLS: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball. It’s a fascinating biographical history of Silicon Valley pioneers, and is sure to make for a robust debate on the wider effect of tech culture on politics and society."

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A comparative review of Leslie Berlin's book "Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age," and Noam Cohen's book “The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball.” 

Friday, November 10, 2017
"A study of the ‘powerful uber-confident men’ who shaped the Web"
Friday, December 1, 2017

"We are beginning to understand that tech companies don’t have our best interests at heart. Did they ever?"

Friday, October 13, 2017
"His new book “The Know-It-Alls” takes Silicon Valley to task."
Sunday, December 24, 2017

"In 2004, Peter Thiel created a company, Palantir, that built on his PayPal cofounder Max Levchin’s algorithms for analyzing and making judgments based on an individual’s highly personal digital records."

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
"A smug interpretation that Mr. Zuckerberg outwitted dopey legislators only plays into the Silicon Valley view that being called before Congress to answer questions is a bug of our democracy, instead of a vital feature."
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
"What Facebook is selling to political campaigns is the same thing Uber is selling to its drivers and customers and what YouTube is selling to advertisers who hope to reach an audience of children — namely, the right to bypass longstanding rules and regulations in order to act with impunity."
Thursday, March 29, 2018

"After the election of Donald J. Trump, technology companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google have been called to account for magnifying the anger and misinformation of the voters who helped propel him to the presidency."

Thursday, November 8, 2018

"YouTube’s reliance on Wikipedia to set the record straight builds on the thinking of another fact-challenged platform, the Facebook social network, which announced last year that Wikipedia would help its users root out 'fake news.'"

Friday, April 6, 2018

"Algorithms should be another important check on the system, revealing patterns of unfairness with a clarity that can be obscured in day-to-day life."

Thursday, October 25, 2018