i gotta say:
Anyone who believes, that the communication infrastructure and its operating systems, including "social media," will grow more free, more democratic, less autocratic, less controlled as we move into the future, is delusional.
The communication infrastructure will be used by governments and corporations to carry out ever-more-sophisticated manipulation and control over information, people and money.
Unless and until We the People organize ourselves to take power away from the corporations, plutocrats, and states who claim to "own" everything...
Unless and until We the People impose democratic accountability on such fundamental infrastructure...
We are swiftly accelerating into a system that will completely subsume us, as individuals, and as humanity.
Add direct neural connection to the internet (with it's corporate profiteering, corporate and police state data-mining) and add artificial intelligence to their algorithms -- both developments plainly on the near-term horizon of just a few years -- and the power of those who control and profit from the communication infrastructure, will be unassailable.
We genuinely need to remove both state and corporate interests from power over this infrastructure, and convene democratic humanity to decide how to structure it.
i very seriously doubt we can "regulate" the state of Israel, or the United States or China, or Facebook, or Google, or Microsoft, to protect our most basic humanity from these "interested parties" who use their vast power in these systems for their own purposes.
And they are the ones deciding how to build the communication infrastructure and write the code.
How do We the People impose our needs on the ongoing development and uses of such infrastructure and code?