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Friday Links: Fake News and Real Laws

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I have never linked to a podcast on this site, but I thought that the recent This American Life podcast, Anything Can Be Anything, about misinformation and the information wars, was spectacular. For a more highbrow analysis of similar issues, I enjoyed Renee DiResta’s The Digital Maginot Line. Also related, a recent BBC interview of a worker at a Macedonian fake news factory. Many smart people...

Friday Links 4/26/19 Mental Masturbation and Trolley Problems

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There appears to be some academic buzz about the new paper by Samantha Godwin on the Ethics and Public Health of Driverless Vehicle Collision Programming. I believe this is the most overdone and impractical area of tech policy today. As MIT professor Rodney Brooks said in a blog post a couple of years ago: Here’s a question to ask yourself. How many times when you have been driving have you had...

Friday Links 4/19/19, Bad Bots and Bad Laws

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Well, it’s not exactly Skynet, but that doesn’t mean that robots aren’t already taking over. Bad bots now constitute 37.9% of all web traffic. And that number, as you might imagine, is accelerating. Hard cases make bad law, as they say.  Daphne Keller of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society on why Australia’s response to the Christchurch massacre does not create the right incentives...

Friday Links 4/12/19

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I’m going to have to start posting these links more than once a week if I want to keep up with all the bad EU tech regulations coming out. Here’s Mike Masnick of TechDirt providing a blow-by-blow of the new EU terrorist regulation. This new law requires all sites, anywhere in the world, regardless of how small or lacking in resources, to take down all objectionable content within one hour or face...

Friday Links 3/15/19

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Big news in tech law policy this week: In a 1700-word blog post, Elizabeth Warren proposes to break up Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. An economist responds. Ben Thompson provides another excellent analysis. The intellectual justification for these changes seem to be loosely based on the ideologies of Tim Wu and Lina Khan, both of whom are very intelligent and capable scholars. But the...

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