Craigslist turns 25 – a reminder that a more democratic version of the internet can still thrive

Fake news. Online surveillance. Phishing scams. Biased algorithms.It’s easy to be cynical about the internet, and harder to remember a time when being online felt less commercial and more democratic. But there was a period when websites didn’t rely on user data for profit margins, when people still viewed the internet as a radical laboratory for freedom and liberty.Can those ideas and values from the earliest days of the web be revived? Or is the internet a lost cause?In my new book, “An Internet for the People,” I look at one popular website that has a lot to teach us: Craigslist. Twenty-five…

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