Dual-sided blade

“With great power comes great re­spon­si­bil­ity” – Un­cle Ben

HWM (Singapore) - - ED'S NOTE - Zachary Chan Edi­tor

This is the sec­ond time in the past six months that I’m bor­row­ing good ol’ Unc Ben’s quote to ref­er­ence the du­al­ity of the in­ter­net, but while I was pre­vi­ously writ­ing about how easy so­cial plat­forms are used to mis­guide, mis­in­form and mis­di­rect, re­cent trends seem to be far worse.

You see, for the most part, the in­ter­net is a pre­re­corded place, or it used to be. Writ­ten, video, au­dio or pho­to­graphic con­tent put up on any web­site is mod­er­ated and cu­rated by ac­tual peo­ple, just like any tra­di­tional me­dia plat­form. To­day, live stream­ing apps by­pass any kind of lter that would have been in place and we’re in­creas­ingly be­ing sub­jected to night­mare sce­nar­ios of broad­casted live mur­ders and sui­cides.

In this is­sue of HWM, we ex­plore some of these new dig­i­tal world is­sues, big data ma­nip­u­la­tion and con­tent reg­u­la­tion in our Think sec­tion. I urge you to have a read.

If you nd our cover story on mesh net­work­ing and per­pet­ual con­nec­tiv­ity a lit­tle ironic af­ter such a somber topic, I think it’s the light at the end of the tun­nel. Af­ter all, we have to keep mov­ing for­ward.

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