Episode 2: Facebook is broken. Should we hop on the blockchain?

Facebook’s 35 mentions in the 37-page indictment of 13 Russian nationals solidified the social network’s position at the center of our current political and cultural conundrum. In this episode, Heather Chaplin and Emily Bell retrace the steps that led to this point, examine whether Facebook’s leadership was willfully ignorant or breathtakingly naive, and analyse the role of journalism in all this. And while we pick over the debris of our democracy, we also debate the case for blockchain –  technology plenty of smart folks, including our guest Jarrod Dicker (former VP of innovation at the Washington Post, new CEO of, are putting a lot of faith in.

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Reading List:

  • The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley reengineered journalism
  • Inside the two years that shook Facebook–and the world
  • A Facebook executive apologies to his company–and to Robert Mueller
  • Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble
  • The Waterline: How Civil Works
  • How the blockchain will radically transform the economy
  • Civil, the blockchain-based journalism marketplace, is building its first batch of publications