6 Nov 2017

Jared Cohen: The man tasked with making the internet safe

Hatred, extremism and fakery. It poisons debate and tampers with democracy. And it’s not where we thought social media would end up when it started a few years ago. But according to the man Google appointed to make the internet a better place : “The Trolls are winning”.

Jared Cohen runs Jigsaw which seeks machine or computer led solutions to some of the deepest and darkest problems online. A little earlier I spoke to him from a noisy auditorium at the Web Summit in Lisbon. I began by asking whether it’s possible to predict what happens next in the digital world.