Shared Links (weekly) June 4, 2023

Shared Links (weekly) June 4, 2023

Congressional Think Tank Sees the Problem with Age Verification – Members Not so Much
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Congressional Think Tank Sees the Problem with Age Verification – Members Not so Much

Proving your identity and your age eliminates the ability for anyone to remain anonymous. You might argue that is a good thing, but I’ll take the opposite side. There are plenty of reasons for someone to remain anonymous online, and why we’d be worse off eliminating that. Whistleblowers, political dissidents of fascist governments, victims of childhood and spousal abuse, people dealing with mental health issues, women, the LGBTQ community, and many others have legitimate reasons to fear being identified. Do we want to eliminate them all from the public space?

Linked: Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards
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Linked: Social media is no place for COVID-19 vaccination cards

I don’t know, it seems like finding someone’s full name and birth date on social media isn’t really that hard, with or without the card, but maybe that information about where you got the shot and when could be used against you. It is private health information after all. Maybe it should stay that way?

Linked: Section 230 and the complications of free speech on the internet
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Linked: Section 230 and the complications of free speech on the internet

This is ultimately the nightmare scenario for the internet if Section 230 is just wiped out. “Example: if platforms are made responsible for everything millions of users post on their sites, they will have to read it all first. This would mark the end of the internet as a forum for real time communication. It…