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Democrats Want To Hold Social Media Companies Responsible For Health Misinformation

If health misinformation is constitutionally protected, then there's really not a lot Congress can do about that. Removing Section 230, which is a liability shield, doesn't expose a [social media] service to any new liability, because the Constitution will fill in the protection. — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Source: National Public Radio
July 22, 2021

Democrats Can’t Force Facebook to Stem Covid Misinformation

Vaccine misinformation is often constitutionally protected material. People get scientific facts wrong all the time. — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Source: Bloomberg
July 20, 2021

The Internet Is Rotting

It’s long overdue to affirm and enact the policies and technologies that will let us see where we’ve been, including and especially where we’ve erred, so we might have a coherent sense of where we are and where we want to go. — Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard University


Jonathan Zittrain
Source: The Atlantic
June 30, 2021

House Antitrust Bills Could Change the Internet as We Know It

"Still, don't underestimate the tech industry's capacity for fighting the laws — both in and outside the courtroom. One imagines they will spend a wealth of resources on lawyers, economic consulting firms, technical experts, public relations specialists and all of the arts that make Washington a thriving regulatory capital, to oppose this." — William Kovacic, Professor of Law, George Washington University


William E. Kovacic
Source: CNN Business
June 23, 2021

Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust

“This is a reaction to the fact that our antitrust laws have been construed so narrowly by the Supreme Court. Because of this problem, it is very appropriate for Congress to be stepping in to prohibit and determine what’s bad and what’s good for markets.” — Eleanor M. Fox, Professor of Law, New York University
Eleanor Fox
Source: The New York Times
June 11, 2021

Don’t Let Employees Pick Their WFH Days

One concern is managing a hybrid team, where some people are at home and others are at the office. I hear endless anxiety about this generating an office in-group and a home out-group. — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: Harvard Business Review
May 25, 2021

How Websites Use "Dark Patterns" to Manipulate You

“This is a classic obstruction dark pattern — we're making it a little bit more painful, we're sucking up a little bit of their free time if they want to say no.” — Lior Strahilevitz , Professor of Law, University of Chicago

Lior Strahilevitz
Source: CBS News
May 14, 2021

Can the FTC Stop the Tech Industry’s Use of ‘Dark Patterns’?

“There’s no backlash for companies that employ these techniques, if our results are externally valid. They can employ just a couple of dark patterns and get away with it.” — Lior Strahilevitz, Professor of Law, University of Chicago
Lior Strahilevitz
Source: Fast Company
May 6, 2021

Snapchat Can Be Sued Over Role In Fatal Car Crash, Court Rules

“I don't think that this opinion actually will open up the Pandora's Box of saying, 'You can sue a website for how it's designed under all circumstances” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Source: NPR: Technology
May 4, 2021

Stopping the Manipulation Machines

“Everyone is frustrated with dark patterns. Companies are taking a calculated risk that they won’t get caught doing deceptive things because there is no consistent enforcement mechanism for this.” — Lior Strahilevitz, Professor of Law, University of Chicago
Lior Strahilevitz
Source: The New York Times
April 30, 2021
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Jonathan Zittrain Explains Why the Internet Is Rotting

In Professor Jonathan Zittrain’s article, “The Internet is Rotting,” he explains how link rot and content drift are eroding the knowledge entrusted to the World Wide Web. And he shares some of the tools being developed to combat this content decay.

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The European Commission Picks a Fight with Google Android over Business Models

In 2018, the European Commission (EC) ordered Google to change the way its Android software was licensed. The EC’s decision pressures Google to change its business model to mimic Apple.

By: Randal Picker