Book: Our Biggest Fight — A Fight For A Better Digital World

Frank Diana
2 min readApr 1, 2024

I finished reading my most recent book. This one titled Our Biggest Fight focuses once again on the dual paths of innovation — in this case, the Internet. I have added the book to my library and provide a brief summary below.

The internet, once a beacon of hope and connection, has become a battleground according to Frank H. McCourt Jr.’s new book, “Our Biggest Fight: Reclaiming Liberty, Humanity, and Dignity in the Digital Age.” Published in March 2024, the book argues that the current state of the internet, dominated by big tech companies and manipulative algorithms, is a threat to our freedoms and well-being.

McCourt paints a harsh picture of the internet’s downsides. He argues that social media addiction is fueling a rise in anxiety and depression, particularly among young people. The spread of misinformation and the erosion of civil discourse online are undermining democratic institutions. Our privacy is constantly invaded, with our data collected and used by corporations for profit.

But McCourt doesn’t stop at just diagnosing the problems. “Our Biggest Fight” proposes a radical solution: We need a complete overhaul of the internet’s infrastructure. McCourt calls for a “third-generation internet” that would revolutionize how we interact online. This new internet would prioritize individual rights and empower users. Imagine an internet where you own your data, and algorithms don’t manipulate what you see.

The book draws inspiration from historical calls to action, like Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense.” McCourt argues that just as the American founders fought for a new form of government, we must now fight to create a new digital world based on liberty, humanity, and dignity. Whether McCourt’s vision for a third-generation internet is realistic or utopian remains to be seen. But “Our Biggest Fight” serves as a wake-up call, urging us to confront the dark side of the internet and fight for a better digital future.

Originally published at http://frankdiana.net on April 1, 2024.

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Frank Diana

TCS Executive focused on the rapid evolution of society and business. Fascinated by the view of the world in the next decade and beyond https://frankdiana.net/