Episode

7/3 Zeynep Tufekci: Facebook and Engineering the Public & Lawrence Lessig: Cleaning Elections

July 3, 2014

Professor Zeynep Tufekci explains how Facebook manipulated user results in order to study Facebook users emotions, the business model of Facebook, can Facebook influence elections, undermining public funding for social science research, the genuine power of social media and how to regulate and reform social media business practices.

Lawrence Lessig explains how he became focused on the problem of campaign finance, why campaign finance reform needs to be cross partisan, what bills in Congress to support now, the purpose of May Day PAC and why finance reform is the fundamental reform.

On The Fun Half: Elizabeth Warren campaigns for Red State Democrats, thirteen states raise their minimum wages and the results prove Libertarians wrong again, Pew finds stunningly stupid attitudes on poverty, Marijuana legalization Democratic wedge issues, Louisiana Republican Congressional candidate releases the most amazing “global warming hoax” ever, Thad Cochran campaign conference call crashed by right wing blogger wonders why black voters were “harvested”, and your calls and IMs.

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