All Blog Posts
These blog posts are written by TAP academics, TAP staff members, and on occasion by guest bloggers. TAP’s purpose for this section of the site is to present information, points of view, research, and debates directly from the academics and guest experts.
Blog Results: 65
Is the California Legislature Addicted to Performative Election-Year Stunts That Threaten the Internet? (Comments on AB2408)
Publication Date: August 5, 2022
Santa Clara internet law scholar Eric Goldman writes about California AB2408, proposed legislation intended to address social media platforms that are addictive to children.
Jonathan Zittrain Explores “How to Fix Twitter and Facebook”
Publication Date: June 29, 2022
In an article written for The Atlantic in early June, Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain presents his thoughts on how “community governance” can be nurtured and supported through practices and technologies to address the content moderation challenges of online social media sites.
Court Enjoins Texas’ Attempt to Censor Social Media, and the Opinion Is a Major Development in Internet Law–NetChoice v. Paxton
Publication Date: January 18, 2022
TAP scholar Eric Goldman shares his thoughts on the latest rulings on social media censorship.
Matthew Gentzkow’s Study on Facebook: What’s Not to Like?
Publication Date: October 8, 2021
Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow presents his findings that deactivating Facebook leaves people less informed but happier.
Ryan Calo Discusses Market Manipulation and Dark Patterns
Publication Date: June 3, 2021
Professor Ryan Calo, University of Washington Law School, shared his research into digital market manipulation during the FTC’s workshop exploring “dark patterns”.
Lior Strahilevitz Shines a Light on Dark Patterns
Publication Date: May 27, 2021
In their recent paper, “Shining a Light on Dark Patterns,” law professor Lior Strahilevitz and Jamie Luguri, both of the University of Chicago Law School, share findings from two large-scale experiments in which consumers were exposed to dark patterns.
Evan Selinger Discusses How Journalists and Academics Hold Tech Accountable
Publication Date: March 31, 2021
Evan Selinger, Rochester Institute of Technology philosophy professor, talks with journalist Clive Thompson about how the media covers responsible uses of technology.
Content Moderation Remedies
Publication Date: March 30, 2021
Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman shares key takeaways from his new paper addressing the wide range of content moderation options that lie between “leave up” and “remove.”
Restoring the CDA Section 230 to What It Actually Says
Publication Date: February 18, 2021
Professor Daniel Solove, George Washington University, explains why he believes Section 230 “…should be restored to its original meaning and purpose – a much more limited scope than it has now.” He discusses how recovering distributor liability would promote greater responsibility for platforms and ISPs.
Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain Discusses Three Eras of Governing Digital Platforms
Publication Date: February 5, 2021
Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain shares several years of thinking around digital governance during his talk at the 2020 Tanner Lecture on Human Values. His two-part lecture, titled “Gaining Power, Losing Control,” reflects on how technology has empowered humanity, and yet in many ways, we have less and less control.