What Online Content Are We Regulating? Illegal Speech, Offensive Speech, and Platform Value

This discussion, excerpted from my Who Do You Sue article, very briefly reviews the implications of what I call “must-carry” arguments – claims that operators of major Internet platforms should be held to the same First Amendment standards as the government, and prevented from using their Terms of Service or Community Guidelines to prohibit lawful speech.

Platform Content Regulation – Some Models and Their Problems

Lawmakers today are increasingly focused on their options for regulating the content we see on online platforms. I described several ambitious regulatory models for doing that in my recent paper, Who Do You Sue? State and Platform Hybrid Power Over Online Speech. This blog post excerpts that discussion, and sketches out potential legal regimes to address major platforms’ function as de facto gatekeepers of online speech and information.

Prominent security pros enter the 'Right to Repair' debate

I'm pleased to be part of the inaugural group of security professionals standing up for the rights of technology owners to repair, re-use, fix, modify, and enhance the many modern products they buy, use, and depend on for work and personal use.  Securepairs.Org is our voice on this critical architecture and public policy item, which has cybersecurity, operational, and resiliency considerations for every technology user.

The Wonderful Wizards of Oz

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” – The Wizard of Oz

Comments on the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

In collaboration with CIS Visiting Research Scholar Jana Gooth, we have (belatedly) submitted comments to the California Attorney General's office regarding California's Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). This was a cooperative exercise between an information scientist (me) and a German lawyer (Jana), and we were able to work in many valuable insights from Jana's experience working on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the European Parliment.


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