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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.
The Berkman Klein Center event, “The Line Between Hate and Debate,” examines the challenges with identifying offensive content and the role that technology can play in addressing online abuse.
Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute Director Eric Goldman discusses the anti-SLAPP ruling in a case where the plaintiff wanted negative Facebook posts about his business removed.
Eric Goldman, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University, introduces The Atlantic essay series he helped organize. Topics covered include voting, journalism, privacy and surveillance.
The first part of the Consumer Review Fairness Act takes effect next week. Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman provides an overview of the new law, and focuses primarily on issues with anti-review clauses.
Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow examines the partisan divide in U.S. politics through the language differences used by the left and right.
danah boyd, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and founder of Data & Society Research Institute, shows how the hacking culture evolved from playful efforts to game the media ecosystem to complex and politicized projects of social engineering and activism.
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Social Media Giants Brace for Lawsuits Thanks to Texas Anti-Censorship Law

“A big flood of lawsuits is expected against the social media platforms if HB 20 remains in effect. The Texas plaintiff lawyers will be pretty fired up.” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Washington Examiner
May 20, 2022

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