Reviving the Personal Attack Rule for digital platforms is not a good idea.

A doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went viral last week, Facebook de-ranked it as false, but refused to remove it.  Platform politics have rubbed raw the public’s nerves, so that each new incident like this – whether Facebook de-platforms a hateful speaker or refuses to – makes tech look bad and creates new […]

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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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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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The Future of Data Privacy?

The following article is written by Sarah Hunt and Dr. Veronika Velch. In Canada, parties used door-to-door canvassers to collect sensitive personal data without the knowledge or consent of the people whose data was collected. Three major political parties were recording “information uploaded by door-to-door canvassers detailing religious objects in voters’ homes and their perceived […]

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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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Sizing Up Facebook’s New Disclosures About the Christchurch Shooting

This post is published in collaboration with Just Security. On Wednesday, Facebook released new information about how the video of the recent terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, circulated online. A Facebook blog post says: “The video was viewed fewer than 200 times during the live broadcast. No users reported the video during the live broadcast. Including the views […]

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It’s Time to Hack Cybersecurity Law

Inadequate security of computers, networks, systems, and data can devastate the economy, upend the lives of individuals, weaken national security, and even undercut the foundations of our democratic system.  The United States continues to face persistent threats to public and private infrastructure from increasingly sophisticated and determined adversaries, making it more urgent than ever to […]

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