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Friday Links: Moar Disinformation


How Taiwan is trying to combat disinformation without “censorship.” What they try to do is monitor social media, spot disinformation early on, and then launch a government counter-narrative to combat the disinformation. It’s an interesting idea, but the Digital Minister acknowledges that, “[t]ruth to be told, it is actually very exhausting.” I suspect this would be difficult if not impossible to...

GDPR Turns 1! 8 Reasons GDPR is a Horrible Law


The GDPR officially went into effect one year ago on May 25th. Since that time, the EU has issued at least €55 million worth of fines and set into motions many billions of euros (and dollars, pesos, yen, yuan, and pounds) worth of compliance efforts. The GDPR has seen its fair share of praise on this side of the Atlantic, with an increasing number of high profile commentaries from tech executives...

Friday Links: The Disintegrating Global Internet


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...

Friday Links: The Right to a Well-Calibrated Machine Decision?


An excellent forthcoming paper by Aziz Huq breaks down the various weaknesses in the increasingly common demand for a “right to a human decision.” Huq analyzes the many arguments in favor of obligatory human decision-making processes and concludes by suggesting that we’d be better off working toward a higher standard of machine decisions. Within the paper, Huq does an excellent job dissecting the...

Friday Links: Sludge and Ordeals


Last month, US lawmakers proposed an Algorithmic Accountability Act. The first rule of tech policy: Regulate harms, not technology. The former is hard, the latter is impossible.  The AAA purports to attempt to regulate algorithms for “accuracy, fairness, bias, discrimination, privacy and security.” Good luck with that. Sounds like a rather blunderbuss attempt at regulation, to put it mildly...

Friday Links 4/5/19


Perhaps the smartest thinker on tech policy issues right now is a non-politician, non-regulator, and a non-lawyer. Here’s Ben Thompson’s missive this week on Mark Zuckerberg’s op-ed in the Washington Post and how it relates to the EU’s new copyright directive. I truly could not have said it better myself. Here’s the original op-ed from Zuckerberg, for context. From a PR perspective, Zuckerberg is...

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