Ahmed is a technologist, researcher, and co-founder of the Manchester Futurists, a group that explores the social, ethical, and economic challenges of our time through informal talks and philosophical debates. He was also a producer of the BBC machine learning governance team.
What can be done?
Creating a healthy internet will not be a short-term endeavor. Short of real, systemic change, those of us who care about the internet need to be super clear about the specific changes we want to see and campaign in a targeted way.
For encouragement, people should take a look at the campaign Mozilla and the EFF led calling for free E2E encryption on Zoom. Multiple small wins like this will help on the road to a healthy internet.
Zoom introduced encryption for all free video calls, responding to public demand and providing more privacy for everyone, not just for those who can afford a premium plan.