Controversial Reads 021321

It’s often a clear signal that we’re in deep trouble when politicians believe that they need to lend a hand and help out with regulations.

Governor Ron DeSantis has proposed legislation that, if passed, will severely curtail the ability of Big Tech platforms to capriciously and with malice aforethought punish Florida citizens and politicians.

Hateful speech presents one of the most difficult problems of content moderation. At a global scale, it’s practically impossible.

On February 8, 1996, John Perry Barlow published his “Declaration of Independence in Cyberspace” in Davos. Inspired by the “Digital Revolution” and the “Dot-Com-Boom”, he predicted a new “Home of Mind,” a cyber world without governments. “Governments of the Industrial World”, he wrote, “you weary giants of flesh and steel. I come from cyberspace, the new home of Mind.

Previously, this series tackled the terribly awful Amendment 35 to the NTIA-Verisign cooperative agreement and also made the case that the tainted presumptive renewal currently included in registry agreements is inherently anti-competitive.

The term “Deepfake” was first coined by a Reddit user who created a forum of the same name in 2017. The forum was dedicated to the creation and use of deep learning software for digitally swapping the faces of female celebrities into pornographic videos.

Section numbers of federal statutes rarely stir the soul, but one of them, 230, stirs up much fear, for it has seemed to justify censorship. Relying on it, tech companies including Google and Twitter increasingly pull the plug on disfavored posts, websites and even people.

The United States needs a more systematic approach to engage with China on cybersecurity and intellectual property issues, and to address the ongoing theft of industrial and defensive technologies via cyberattacks, a panel of policy and technology experts stated last week.

But in this case, I had a ready answer because we all make the same mistake when writing about contemporary issues: Our writing process lacks sufficient resistance, hesitation, reconsideration—in short, friction.

Over the course of the so-called American century, the country conquered space, spearheaded the Internet, and brought the world the iPhone. In recent years, however, China has undertaken an impressive effort to claim the mantle of technological leadership, investing hundreds of billions of dollars in robotics, artificial intelligence, microelectronics, green energy, and much more.

When army generals in Myanmar staged a coup last week, they briefly cut internet access in an apparent attempt to stymie protests. In Uganda, residents couldn’t use Facebook, Twitter and other social media for weeks after a recent election.