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Harvard cyber and international law professor Jonathan Zittrain talks with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about privacy, autonomy, and information fiduciaries.
Privacy law expert Danielle Citron and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law are hosting a symposium to discuss the full array of implications that “deep fakes” have on our society.
For the past couple of years, Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman has been delving into all things emojis. This post rounds up all of his work on emojis and the law to date.
University of Virginia media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan discusses his new book, Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy.
Columbia law professor Tim Wu, who was a senior advisor at the Federal Trade Commission in 2012 when the agency settled with Facebook for failing to protect user privacy, discusses Facebook’s privacy promises then and now.
UC Berkeley law professor Chris Hoofnagle explains how and why platforms, such as Facebook, pay developers with your personal data.
University of Virginia media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan offers his thoughts on Facebook and the challenges of reining in the social media platform’s impact on public discourse.
Eric Goldman, Co-Director of the Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute, provides conference highlights to insightful conversations from leaders of user-generated content websites. Video links are included.
Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow looks at the role of social media and fake news in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Eric Goldman, Co-Director of the Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute, and his colleague Jeff Kosseff, US Naval Academy, introduce a series of essays about the seminal Internet law case, Zeran v. AOL.
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Dear Mr Zuckerberg: the Problem Isn't the Internet, It's Facebook

"By turning the focus away from Facebook to "the internet" you try to fool us into conflating the two. The fact is that the structure and function of Facebook is antithetic to the ideology of the internet. The internet is open, configurable, distributed, and based on open code. Facebook is nothing of the sort." — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia

Siva Vaidhyanathan
The Guardian
February 4, 2019

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