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I co-founded Elgg and Known, worked on Medium, and now invest in innovative media startups to support a stronger democracy at Matter.

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This is why I still think journalists should be posting on their own sites and only syndicating to Facebook. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/19/facebook-blocks-malta-journalist-joseph-muscat-panama-papers?CMP=twt_gu

 

Good thing Britain hasn't spent years trying to build a digital economy. I'm glad I'm not running a UK startup. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/theresa-may-internet-conservatives-government-a7744176.html

 

My worlds colliding: @Medium's new audio versions are powered by @MatterVC company @SpokenLayer. https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/18/medium-launches-audio-versions-of-stories-for-members/

 

Facebook and Twitter are not good organizing tools. Using them has led to a tactical freeze for many movements, says @zeynep.

 

"Let's treat this as the emergency this is." Sobering words from @zeynep: if we don't seize the moment, we may never get it back.

 

"The first opportunity to demonstrate teeth is a wave election in 2018." - @zeynep. And then it just gets harder from there.

 

Tools like ResistBot make direct contact less powerful, says @zeynep. For a movement to succeed it must have teeth.

 

"If this [historic moment] doesn't turn into political gains, the disillusionment sets in fast." We have a limited time to build. @zeynep

 

Super-privileged to get to see @zeynep speak. I have her book, which is vital reading for today's moment.

 

Excited to be at the today. So many amazing people in the room thinking about the future of media and democracy.