Tuesday 22 October 2019

Watch: Facebook, fake news and the rise of robots – highlights from the second day of 2018 Web Summit

Independent.ie Business Desk

Independent.ie Business Desk

Join us on Independent.ie for highlights each day from the main speakers and talks of the 2018 Web Summit.

The first full day of talks and speakers at the 2018 Web Summit looked at the rise of fake news, robots, gaming and AI with CEOS, whistleblowers and commissioners all taking to the stage.

Privacy, data and social networks were to the fore with famous whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who revealed the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, discussing the topic of ‘Your privacy is compromised, what are you going to do about it?’

In the wake of his revelations, Wylie believes that still not enough is being done to regulate social networks. 

“We can regulate nuclear power,” he asked.  “Why can’t we regulate some code?”

Earlier, a morning discussion focused on fake news and 'alternative facts' warping society's perception of the media asking if faith can be re-established in the fourth estate.

David Pemsel, CEO, The Guardian, Media Group, Ana Brnabic, Prime Minister, Government of Serbia, Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman, Mozilla and Matthew Garrahan, Global Media Editor, Financial Times were on the panel.

It wasn’t all news and media however, and Cal Henderson, co-founder of Slack, the fastest-growing business app in history, detailed their plans for future development and growth.

Finally, with the wild swings of cryptocurrencies this year, will 2019 be the time for the crypto revolution to actually pose a threat to established currency markets?

Peter Smith, Co-Founder & CEO, Blockchain, Tim Draper, Founder, Draper Associates, and Garry Tan, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Initialized Capital, joined Jen Wieczner. Senior Writer, Fortune, to discuss.


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