Changing Section 230 Would Strengthen the Biggest Tech Companies. Holding internet platforms liable for certain content would harm internet users. By Elliot Harmon Mr. Harmon is the activism director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Oct. 16, 2019
House Opens Tech Antitrust Inquiry With Look at Threat to News Media
David Pitofsky, the general counsel for News Corp, left, and Kevin Riley, editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, were among the news media executives who testified at the hearing.
By Cecilia Kang
June 11, 2019
WASHINGTON — A congressional investigation into the power of big tech companies began on Tuesday with bipartisan concern from lawmakers that the government’s lax oversight of the industry may be doing more harm than good.
In its first hearing about the power held by Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, lawmakers focused on the decline of the news industry. They said they were troubled that the online digital advertising market, which is dominated by Google and Facebook, had siphoned off too much revenue from news organizations.
Consumer Groups Accuse Facebook of Duping Children. Image: The Federal Trade Commission has been asked to investigate whether Facebook violated consumer protection and child privacy laws by duping children into making in-app purchases in Angry Birds and other games. By Cecilia Kang Feb. 21, 2019
This Is Your Brain Off Facebook Planning on quitting the social platform? A major new study offers a glimpse of what unplugging might do for your life. (Spoiler: It’s not so bad.) Subjects in a Stanford study had to be paid $100 on average to quit Facebook for a month. At the end, they were less politically polarized than people in a comparison group. Image: Subjects in a Stanford study had to be paid $100 on average to quit Facebook for a month. By Benedict Carey Jan. 30, 2019
The Week in Tech: How Google and Facebook Spawned Surveillance Capitalism. Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” says digital services like Google and Facebook claim private human behavior “as something to be bought and sold in the marketplace.” By Natasha Singer Jan. 18, 2019
Facebook creates Orwellian headache as news is labelled politics. by Emily Bell Archive of political content becomes battleground between publishers and platforms. Sun 24 Jun 2018. Facebook logo reflected in a person’s eye Should companies such as Facebook just rely far more heavily on human judgment or should they leave it to algorithms? George Orwell wrote in his essay Politics and the English Language: “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics’. All issues are political issues.” When Facebook constructed a new archive of political advertising, had it thought a little more about this concept of what is “political”, it might have more accurately anticipated the subsequent Orwellian headache. As it is, journalists are finding their articles restricted from promotion because they are lumped in with campaigning materials from politicians, lobby groups and advocacy organisations.
Male journalists ignore female peers on Twitter, study shows. Men’s domination of online political debate leaves women struggling to be heard. by Jim Waterson Media editor Sun 24 Jun 2018. Male journalists reply to each other 91.5% of the time, according to the study. Male journalists dominate online political discussion because they mainly interact with other men and ignore women, according to a study of American political reporters.
Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code We might be tempted to call them ‘frankenalgos’ – though Mary Shelley couldn’t have made this up. The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates ‘a universe no one fully understands’ by Andrew Smith