Day: December 29, 2018

Democracy under threat: Parliament must actDemocracy under threat: Parliament must act

There was a time when large platforms could do no wrong. They were engines that facilitated free speech, political debate, and were seen as a revolutionary force for democratization. They were largely unregulated. In fact, they were accorded special trust and treatment, especially in the United States, where they were given unprecedented and controversial immunities from suits under the Communications Decency Act for enabling the dissemination of illegal content such as hate speech, defamation, and harassing information.

Then came the public revelations about false and misleading information campaigns, disinformation and manipulation of news, disseminated via the Internet and social media (referred to here collectively as “fake news”) of gargantuan proportions – Cambridge Analytica, Brexit, and the presidential election of Donald Trump, among others.

Computer and Internet Updates for 2018-12-28Computer and Internet Updates for 2018-12-28

  • RT @cpipgmu: Must-read new article by CPIP Senior Scholar Kristen Osenga: “The [courts and ITC] are subverting traditional patent rights in… 2018-12-28
  • RT @Mark_Goldberg: Personally, I found it disappointing that people who should know better (and likely DO know better), continued to repeat… 2018-12-28
  • RT @Mark_Goldberg: Correcting the record on two of 2018's biggest advocacy Pinocchios in Canadian telecom reporting:

    "#CRTC watering down… 2018-12-28

  • RT @MaxBlumenthal: Tech billionaire Reed Hoffman funded the @NewKnowledgeAI Alabama black op. His advisor, Dmitri Mehlhorn, has called for… 2018-12-28
  • RT @JeanneFromer: Siri’s Hebrew voice claims in a lawsuit “that people have used the Siri voice to make her voice say various sexual, racis… 2018-12-28
  • RT @TimWybitul: Germany’s first #GDPR #fine offers lessons for companies defending against alleged or actually GDPR violations, in data pri… 2018-12-28
  • 2019 Artist Enemy Countdown #4: Prof David Kaye UN Special Rapporteur Human Rights