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The easy availability of information on the Internet may lead to the commoditization of content. However, if content is free or low cost, it may be difficult for those who produce it (like journalists) to earn a living. Economists and other scholars examine this tension and suggest various solutions.

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Trump's Antifa Obsession Is an Unconstitutional Distraction

“It’s a crime to burn down a police station, but it cannot be a crime to be opposed to authoritarianism or associate with people who do.”
 — Neil Richards, Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis
Neil Richards
Source: Wired
June 2, 2020

Rare Cyber Libel Case Tests Fragile Media Freedoms in Philippines

"On balance there’s still space for media expression in the Philippines, but of course the feeling of media professionals is that they would be more careful in terms of crossing the line with Duterte, so to speak." — Eduardo Araral, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore


Eduardo Araral
Source: Voice of America News
April 24, 2020

Pelosi Clashes With Facebook and Twitter Over Video Posted by Trump

"It’s important for social media sites that have massive reach to make and enforce policies concerning manipulated content, rather than abdicating all responsibility." — Jonathan L. Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard University


Jonathan Zittrain
Source: The New York Times
February 8, 2020

One Year After Zuckerberg’s Testimony About Violent Content on Facebook, Has Anything Changed?

This article discusses how difficult it is to put a stop to violent online content such as the live-streaming of New Zealand’s mosque shootings. University of Maryland law professor Danielle Citron is quoted.


Danielle Citron
Source: MarketWatch
March 20, 2019

Tech Companies Scramble to Remove New Zealand Shooting Video

Facebook and YouTube were designed to share pictures of babies, puppies and other wholesome things, "but they were expanded at such a scale and built with no safeguards such that they were easy to hijack by the worst elements of humanity." — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: SF Gate
March 16, 2019

What Mark Zuckerberg’s New Vision Could Really Mean for Privacy and Propaganda

"When you look at the ways that WhatsApp has been abused and hijacked in India and Brazil, it’s clear that it’s a powerful engine for spreading dangerous propaganda. It’s also clear that there’s not much Facebook can do about that, because all the messages are encrypted. Facebook can’t measure the problem or filter for the problem." — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: Fast Company
March 11, 2019

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
Source: The Guardian
February 4, 2019

Violating Our Privacy Is in Facebook's DNA

"These two principles – that Facebook is benevolent and that privacy is quaint and inefficient – drive everything Facebook does. They go a long way to explain why Facebook continued to give precious user data to a set of “trusted” partners years after the company claimed it had ended such a program." — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia


Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: The Guardian
December 20, 2018

Social Media Advertising Can Boost Fake News — Or Beat It

"The actions of platforms such as Facebook in regulating advertising do seem to have had an effect on the volume of fake news. However, our paper also emphasizes that in just focusing on ads and fake news, we are missing the bigger picture, which is the organic spread of misinformation by users themselves." — Catherine Tucker, Professor of Marketing, MIT


Catherine Tucker
Source: MIT’s Ideas Made to Matter
December 19, 2018

Tech Is Like Sex: Abstinence Isn’t the Answer

"Social media — far from being the seductive Trojan horse — is a release valve, allowing youth to reclaim meaningful sociality as a tool for managing the pressures and limitations around them." — danah boyd, Founder of Data & Society and Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research


danah boyd
Source: Psychology Today
November 16, 2018
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