Facebook’s Moment for Thought Leadership on Internet Regulation Has Passed

It’s no surprise that Mark Zuckerberg has called for “updating the rules for the Internet” – he signaled as much last April in his testimony before the U.S. Senate, inclining his head towards the yoke of regulation.  But things have changed significantly since then and Zuckerberg has missed his moment to lead on the design […]

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A Proposal To Redress Malicious Social Media Posts Targeting Public Figures

The FCC’s Personal Attack Rule- struck down in 2000- should be resurrected. By Justin Hendrix and Bryan Jones. Another day and yet another incident that illustrates the role of social media platforms in facilitating and accelerating toxicity into the public discourse. “Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), altered to make her sound as […]

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WE’VE DIAGNOSED THE DISINFORMATION PROBLEM. NOW, WHAT’S THE PRESCRIPTION?

The following was previously published on Defusing Disinfo here. Over the past few years, the age-old practice of propaganda has mixed with social media to create a formidable new problem: computational disinformation powerful enough to disrupt democracies. From 2014 through 2017, Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) targeted the American people with tens of millions of […]

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Protego Press Round Up: May 21, 2019

It’s the last week before Memorial Day, and while Game of Thrones fans are digesting the series finale, the tech policy world continues forward.  Be it energy espionage, regulation of facial recognition, Huawei, disinformation and bias, catch up on all the latest news in this week’s Protego Press Round Up. In Case You Missed It: […]

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Chinese Energy Innovation Espionage: What’s at stake and what we can do about it ?

Corporate espionage agents from China are ramping up their efforts to target the U.S. energy sector. Left unchecked, this threat poses a threat to our economy, energy security, and energy innovators. Classic American technology companies are top of mind as the usual intellectual property (IP) victims, with theft patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights placing […]

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Protego Press Round Up: May 14, 2019

As we quickly approach the middle of May, we see some recurring themes emerging in the tech policy world: Facebook, Huawei, a push for an Office of Technology Assessment and emerging surveillance technology, all in this week’s Protego Press Round Up. In Case You Missed It: In “Should We Tax Big Tech Companies To Pay […]

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Protego Press Round Up: May 8, 2019

May kicked off late last week, and there was lots of excitement over the weekend between the controversial finish at the Kentucky Derby and the celebrations of Cinco De Mayo.  Tech policy also stayed excited, with lots of news about Facebook, Hauwei, Russia’s new internet and the brokering of consumer data, all in this week’s […]

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Kids Are The Bottom Line

The 1834 Chimney Sweep Act pulled children out of chimneys and put them in school. The 2005 Gambling Act made it illegal to invite or encourage a child to gamble, or even enter a casino or bookmaker.  The 2015 Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations prevented smoking in a car with a child passenger. In each case […]

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Protego Press Round Up

Cybersecurity, algorithmic fairness and accountability, mass surveillance and the ill effects of digital devices on your health: this week’s roundup isn’t exactly jolly. Nevertheless, here are the stories we are following this week: Doomed to repeat our mistakes: Despite the role that hacked emails played in deciding the 2016 Presidential election in the United States, […]

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Protego Press Round Up: April 23, 2019

While the political world is enthralled with the release of the Mueller report late last week, several important tech policy items may have been overlooked.  Be it privacy laws, social media’s issues, cyberwar and cyber threats, lots of news this past week, captured in this installment of the Protego Press Roundup. In Case You Missed […]

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