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Opinion: The Law That Shaped the Internet Presents a Question for Elon Musk

[Twitter] can turn the content moderation up and please liberals or turn it down and please conservatives and libertarians, but “there’s no place on that slider that will make all the partisans happy.” — Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University

Eric Goldman
Source: The New York Times
April 15, 2022

Elon Musk has a plan for Twitter. It may scare away users and advertisers.

“He's never been in this business. He’s been in a scattershot of businesses that have nothing to do with media or communication.” — Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia

Siva Vaidhyanathan
Source: NBC News
April 15, 2022

E.U. Takes Aim at Big Tech’s Power with Landmark Digital Act

“It is possible that even the U.S. Congress will now conclude that they are done watching from the sidelines when the E.U. regulates U.S. tech companies and will move from talking about legislative reform to actually legislating.” — Anu Bradford, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Anu Bradford
Source: The New York Times
March 24, 2022

That Big Tech Exodus Out of California Turns Out to Be a Bust

“But [working in the office two or three days a week and remotely the remainder of the week] does not allow an employee to move to another metro area entirely because they must still commute to work on some days.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2022

Ty Haney Is Doing Things Differently This Time

“There’s a web3 that’s out there which is wonderful and trying to make the world a better place, but just by labeling something web3, it doesn’t mean power dynamics will magically reverse.” — Kevin Werbach, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Kevin Werbach
Source: The New York Times
March 10, 2022

How to avoid propagating disinformation during the Russian invasion of Ukraine

“Russia’s network of grey propaganda creators know how to package content up for TikTok and other formats.” — Kate Starbird, Director, University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public (CIP)

Kate Starbird
Source: GeekWire
February 25, 2022

Appeals Court Upholds California’s Right to Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law While the FCC Remains at a Standstill

“Today’s ruling means California can continue to enforce its net neutrality law and protect Californians against unfair practices by the companies they pay to get online.” — Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law, Stanford University

Barbara van Schewick
Source: CNBC
January 28, 2022

Facebook’s Unglamorous Mistakes

“It’s time to stop pretending like this is so different from other types of societal harms” — Ryan Calo, Professor of Law, University of Washington

M. Ryan Calo
Source: The New York Times
January 19, 2022

Why a Wide-Scale Return to the Office Is a Myth

“The return-to-office date has died. Endless waves of Covid have led most CEOs to give up, and instead set up contingent policies: if, when and how to return to the office.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: BBC
January 14, 2022

Expect ‘huge battles’ over working from home between employees and bosses soon, says Stanford professor who’s studied remote work for 20 years

“If you look at who the decision makers at the big firms are, they are usually older, non-minority men who have no young kids in the house. If you’re a 55-year-old man that’s a CEO, it might be hard for you to understand how many of your employees really need hybrid/remote work.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: CNBC’s Make It
January 7, 2022
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TAP Blog

Is the California Legislature Addicted to Performative Election-Year Stunts That Threaten the Internet? (Comments on AB2408)

Santa Clara internet law scholar Eric Goldman writes about California AB2408, proposed legislation intended to address social media platforms that are addictive to children.

Eric Goldman

Fact Sheets

Net Neutrality

Given the significance of the Internet, preserving its “openness” – an idea often referred to as “network neutrality” or “net neutrality” – has been a long-standing issue.

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SIRI-OUSLY 2.0: What Artificial Intelligence Reveals about the First Amendment

Machines that can actually think are referred to as strong Artificial intelligence (AI). The First Amendment might protect speech by strong AI. Courts focused on the value of speech to listeners and the need to constrain government power will be sympathetic to this view.

By: Margot Kaminski, Helen Norton, Toni M. Massaro