The New Yorker: Big Tech’s Big Defector. “[Roger] McNamee saw the tech industry as an experiment in creative and profitable problem-solving. He grew unnerved by its ethical failures only in 2012, when Uber came to him for investment capital. He decided that Silicon Valley had changed. “These guys all wanted to be monopolists,” he said recently. ‘They all want to be billionaires.’ McNamee was convinced that Facebook was different.”
Knowledge@Wharton: Who Can Stop Facebook? Limiting the Power of Social Media. “Venture capitalist Roger McNamee discusses his new book about the need to limit the growing economic and political power of Facebook and other social media platforms.” This is a podcast episode with an edited transcript.
CBC: ‘Call their bluff’: Shut down social media platforms, ex-Facebook adviser urges. “A former Facebook adviser is urging governments around the world to shut down social media platforms until they can be reformed. ‘If your goals are to protect democracy and personal liberty, you have to be bold. You have to force a radical transformation of the business model of internet platforms,’ venture capitalist Roger McNamee told the House of Commons privacy and ethics committee Tuesday morning.”
CNN: Early Facebook investor blasts company in new book ‘Zucked’. “Facebook is bad for democracy and its executives have put profits over their civic responsibilities, an early investor in the company charges in a new book. Tech investor Roger McNamee makes these claims in ‘Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook catastrophe,’ due out on Tuesday.”