Linked: The Growing Threat to Free Speech Online
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Linked: The Growing Threat to Free Speech Online

I wrote about Section 230 last week. This comes from David French at Time. “It’s difficult to overstate how important this law is for the free speech of ordinary Americans. For 24 years we’ve taken for granted our ability to post our thoughts and arguments about movies, music, restaurants, religions, and politicians. While different sites…

Why Section 230 Actually Matters For the Internet as we Know It
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Why Section 230 Actually Matters For the Internet as we Know It

I found this article from The Hill to be rather enlightening on the subject of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Because it shows that most of the critics of it, on both sides of the political spectrum, simply don’t understand what it is. Most of them seem to think it either: Frees big…

Linked: Facebook Denies That it Plans to Backdoor WhatsApp
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Linked: Facebook Denies That it Plans to Backdoor WhatsApp

If Sharon, and others, are right about this, on the other hand, they won’t have to:   “There are many cybersecurity experts who believe it is only be a matter of time before device manufacturers and mobile operating system developers embed similar tools directly into devices themselves, making them impossible to escape. Embedding content scanning…

Linked: Supreme Court Signals Loud And Clear That Social Media Sites Are Not Public Forums That Have To Allow All Speech
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Linked: Supreme Court Signals Loud And Clear That Social Media Sites Are Not Public Forums That Have To Allow All Speech

I’m not a lawyer. However, I’d agree with this assessment of the First Amendment, social media platforms are actually free to censor as much, as little, and with as much bias as they want, and this latest ruling on a public access cable station seems to confirm that. “So, uh, yeah. If you’re arguing that…

Linked: The Platform Challenge: Balancing Safety, Privacy and Freedom
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Linked: The Platform Challenge: Balancing Safety, Privacy and Freedom

Yes, this lecture from Alex Stamos is an hour long, but if you’re interested in the struggle we face when it comes to social media, misinformation, privacy and freedom, it’s worth your time. A couple of points after watching it myself: 1. The balance he spends a lot of time talking about is real. For…

Linked: Singapore’s Fake News Law Is Also An Internet Surveillance Law
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Linked: Singapore’s Fake News Law Is Also An Internet Surveillance Law

The key graph is here: “Removal demands are supposed to be the last resort. The first response to alleged fake news is the issuance of a correction notice — again, as demanded by the Singaporean government. This is far less draconian than demanding removal of content, but this response method has its own set of…