“With smartphones, they’ve got you for every waking moment.”

The very people who turned the Internet against you are trying to undo their damage

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Mon, Feb 5th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Centre for Humane Technology, an organisation manned by ex-Googlers and ex-Facebookers, is trying to undo the damage they have created by challenging the very companies they once worked for.

The effect of technology, especially on younger minds, has become hotly debated in recent months. In January, two big Wall Street investors asked Apple to study the health effects of its products and to make it easier to limit children’s use of iPhones and iPads. Pediatric and mental health experts called on Facebook last week to abandon a messaging service the company had introduced for children as young as 6. Parenting groups have also sounded the alarm about YouTube Kids, a product aimed at children that sometimes features disturbing content.

“The largest supercomputers in the world are inside of two companies — Google and Facebook — and where are we pointing them?” Mr. Harris said. “We’re pointing them at people’s brains, at children.”

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