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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

These Startups Are Betting on a Remote-First World

"More work will likely take place remotely—22 percent of workdays in the future, compared to just 5 percent pre-pandemic." — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: Wired
June 23, 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

Lina Khan, Big Tech Skeptic, Named FTC Chair Mere Hours After Confirmation

“Lina Khan has pushed the academic conversation on tech, and now she has to push the agenda at the FTC.” — Shane Greenstein, Professor, Harvard Business School

Shane Greenstein
Source: Ars Technica
June 16, 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

Should Alexa Read Our Moods?

“Using the human body for discriminating among people is something that we should not do.” — Joseph Turow, Professor of Media Systems & Industries, University of Pennsylvania

Joseph Turow
Source: The New York Times
May 19, 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
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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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Broadband Access and Infrastructure

High-speed Internet access – often referred to as “broadband” – is a set of technologies that, taken together, are recognized as a potential catalyst for global economic and social change.

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The Crowd is a Collaborative Network

On crowdwork platforms, task creators post tasks for workers to complete for pay, “crowdsourcing.” Workers collaborate offline or online to solve problems, limit risk, and to encourage one another.

By: Mary L. Gray, Deepti Kulkarni, Siddharth Suri, Syed Shoaib Ali