In 2016, Tristan Harris, whose job title at Google was “design ethicist,” left the company to focus on a new nonprofit he called Time Well Spent. The goal of Time Well Spent is to reverse what it calls “the digital attention crisis” — the brilliant minds at Google, Apple, Facebook, and elsewhere who “hijack our minds” through ever-more sophisticated manipulation techniques delivered through our smartphones. Harris has emerged as a vocal critic of Facebook, appearing on NBC this week to call the company “a living, breathing crime scene.”

Source: ‘Time well spent’ is shaping up to be tech’s next big debate – The Verge

An interesting look at how companies such as Facebook and Google look at what they are doing to influence users.

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