Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I gave a presentation not so long ago that concluded "remember, it's all just cat pictures." Not everyone in the audience (a roomful of military officers) was impressed. But I meant the point seriously, and this useful article makes a similar point with much more eloquence. "Behind every cute cat is the story of infrastructure— the cables on the ground, the data centers scattered around the world, the hardware we use to access this and the platforms on which we engage with content. With infrastructure comes advantage, and with advantage comes policy, politicking and power." And that's why the U.S. wants to steal TikTok, and why I, as a longtime TikTok user, stand opposed.

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