The Insanity of Forcing Tech Companies to Pay For Linking to News

The Insanity of Forcing Tech Companies to Pay For Linking to News

I’m sure many of you have already seen the ongoing battle between Facebook, and Google, and the Australian government. The government, mostly at the behest of Rupert Murdoch, is about to pass a law that forces the “big tech” companies to negotiate with news publishers to pay them for the content that is linked to on Google News or on Facebook. 

I’m hear to argue that this is legitimately insane. 

Social Networks Start Shutting Down Right-Wing Accounts, Are they Right?
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Social Networks Start Shutting Down Right-Wing Accounts, Are they Right?

Let me make a distinction here, between what the “right” thing to do for a social media company would be, and what they are within their rights to do. I am on record as saying I am for more free speech, almost always. Because I want stupid, dangerous people to be as public as they…

Shared Links (weekly) Dec. 27, 2020

Shared Links (weekly) Dec. 27, 2020

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Linked: Your Data Is Discriminating…Against You
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Linked: Your Data Is Discriminating…Against You

I think this is really interesting, because the more information about you there is, the more reasons someone can find to either rule against you, or to do more investigation into you. Which leads to more information about you being available, and round and round we go. “That is in part because algorithms are made…

Linked: 35 years ago ‘rock porn’ Senate hearings made a free-speech showdown
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Linked: 35 years ago ‘rock porn’ Senate hearings made a free-speech showdown

Young people may not remember this, but I was 17-18 when this was happening, and I remember it well. And, mostly, I remember this lesson:   Diving into this 1985 time capsule is instructive in showing just how fevered arguments over the boundaries of free expression almost always are. These hearings also demonstrate how moral…