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Friday Links: The Disintegrating Global Internet

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The BBC writes about the disintegration of the global internet. China has been, shall we say, customizing its internet for decades with the great firewall, but more nations are taking an active role in policing what its citizens can find online. Furthermore, expansive regulations, in supposedly more open countries, like the GDPR and Australia’s new law punishing platforms and their executives for publishing harmful or violent content, will further splinter what people around the world find online. I think there’s a strong argument that globalization already peaked many years ago.

The Heavy Burden of Thin Regulation, by Eric C. Chaffee. The author explains why light regulation of the newly developing cryptocurrency market will end badly for consumers and likely for markets as well.

Another tech behemoth comes out in favor of GDPR! Microsoft Deputy General Counsel follows Facebook and Apple’s lead explaining why heavy tech regulation is a good thing. I will be publishing an article shortly explaining why I vehemently disagree.

Noticeably absent from the tech behemoth flow of praise for GPDR? Google/Alphabet. Related: Ireland’s privacy regulator launches probe into the company’s online advertising systems.

Jason Bent on whether Algorithmic Affirmative Action is legal. It has been well documented by scholars such as Kate Crawford that some algorithms may produce biased results. Data scientists know this and know this will go over like a horse on fire, and so they’ve been tweaking their algorithms to avoid this problem. By doing so, they’re actively manipulating the algorithms and manipulating variables related to race and other sensitive data to avoid the appearance of impropriety. Bent asks the very relevant question of whether that practice is legal. Worth a read.

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