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WHAT THE TECH WORLD SHOULD FEAR NEXT

TECHIES PRIDE THEMSELVES ON THEIR optimism. It couldn’t be any other way. After all, Silicon Valley was built on the idea that technology is a force for good. In the nearly nine years I’ve spent covering tech, we’ve watched these dreamers and idealists transform society. Underlying it all is the notion that information wants to be free, that the more we share, the better off we are. That was the deal we made with companies that promised to connect the world.

Things haven’t quite worked out that way.

Given all the bad news that’s come out

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