The digital technologies that impact our lives – esp. the rise of social media – continue to be strongly connected to Northern California – Silicon Valley; this is the ideological origin for the digital revolution.
We have seen how web 2.0 users have much more power to create and distribute content. Washington D.C. and Hollywood now have less influence.
In this week’s materials we have reviewed the early days of Silicon Valley. We have seen that despite their power and innovation, Silicon Valley can potentially be economically and socially harmful.
Instruction on Digital Technologies Paper
Reflect on where Silicon Valley has been and where Silicon Valley is going in this exercise.
Submit: You should reflect on the following issues using the course materials:
1. How/why did Silicon Valley become the main tech hub? Why do you think it has become powerful? Why is it located in Northern California and not somewhere else?
2. What are some of the recent missteps of Silicon Valley?
3. What are the ways the government might regulate Silicon Valley? Should it?
4. What ethical responsibilities to society does Big Tech have – if any? https://www.wired.com/story/the-sports-betting-revolution-will-be-muted-online/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO-8CMdeSHA