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Ethan Zuckerman imagines a different kind of Internet—one propelled by public concerns, not the interests of venture-backed startups and large corporations.

“A public service Web invites us to imagine services that don’t exist now, because they are not commercially viable, but perhaps should exist for our benefit, for the benefit of citizens in a democracy,” wrote Zuckerman. “We’ve seen a wave of innovation around tools that entertain us and capture our attention for resale to advertisers, but much less innovation around tools that educate us and challenge us to broaden our sphere of exposure, or that amplify marginalized voices. Digital public service media would fill a black hole of misinformation with educational material and legitimate news.”

Read more in Columbia Journalism Review

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