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