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THINKTECH FUND DRIVE Fall 2021 Fund Drive: ThinkTech Gives Thanks We give thanks to each of you for supporting ThinkTech during these especially challenging times. We have strived to provide you the most up-to-date and relevant content in this rapidly changing environment.  With your help,  this past year we have produced 1,500 shows, interviewed 1,800 guests, produced our first documentary (Spiraling Crisis: The Alarming Convergence of Climate Change and Pandemics), started work on our second documentary on agricultural diversification for Hawaii, and expanded our platform to new social media channels and a number of new series on Olelo 54.    However, with the economy in a state of uncertainty, we have experienced diminished underwriter support. In addition, several of our grant applications have been denied. Help us continue as the only free media platform of its kind in Hawaii. Please join us in our upcoming Fall 2021 Fund Drive during the month of November. As we celebrate our 20t

If Facebook can have an Algorithm, so can we

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  It's all over the news that Frances Haugen, a whistleblower with revelations about Facebook, has pointed out that postings on Facebook are selected and prioritized to achieve maximum "engagement" and thus maximize advertising revenues.  As she reports it, maximum engagement for Facebook involves selecting and prioritizing postings that promote disinformation, injure people, have a huge effect on public opinion and worse yet exacerbate the divisions in our country, and that this has had a negative effect on our society and our democracy. It all lies in the powerful black box AI algorithm that Facebook uses to determine this selection and prioritization of postings, and it will very difficult for Congress to obtain, examine and understand the algorithm and the values written into it and develop effective legislation or regulation within the First Amendment to ameliorate this problem.  But one way or the other, given the damage that is being done, we do need to find a solu