Friday Tech Policy News (03-05-2021)

SECTION 230 Utah’s Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Terrible, Censorial ‘Free Speech’ Bill Is A Disaster In The Making A month ago, we noted that a bunch of state legislatures were pushing blatantly unconstitutional bills to try to argue that social media websites can’t moderate “conservative” views any more. All of these bills are unconstitutional, […]

Friday Tech Policy News (02-12-2021)

Section 230 How To Think About Online Ads And Section 230 There’s been a lot of consternation about online ads, sometimes even for good reason. The problem is that not all of the criticism is sound or well-directed. Worse, the antipathy towards ad tech, regardless of whether it is well-founded or not, is coalescing into […]

Friday Tech Policy News (Feb 5, 2021)

SECTION 230 Safeguarding Against Fraud, Exploitation, Threats, Extremism, and Consumer Harms Act (SAFE TECH Act)My quick analysis: SAFE TECH Act would amend 230 to carveout immunity from any service that has accepted payment to make speech available (so any service that is funded by ad revenue? AWS?). Creates (c)(1)(B) to provide for an affirmative defense […]

Friday Tech Policy Round-up (1/15/2021)

A round-up of tech policy reads/podcasts I’ve been following throughout the week Section 230 Section 230 Year-in-Review for 2020: https://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2021/01/section-230-year-in-review-for-2020.htm We need Section 230 now more than ever: https://www.protocol.com/we-need-section-230-now The future of Section 230 and internet speech after Trump: https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2021-01-13/the-future-of-section-230-and-internet-speech-after-trump?_amp=true&__twitter_impression=true Dear President Biden: You Should Save, Not Revoke Section 230:https://privpapers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3765247 People Who Understand Section 230 […]

The Internet is not the Greatest Invention in the World

If you’re at all familiar with Aaron Sorkin’s HBO show “Newsroom,” you’ve probably seen the famous monologue delivered by main character, Will McAvoy, a brilliant yet cold, brooding, ratings-obsessed nightly news anchor for the fictional Atlantic Cable News (ACN) Network. “It’s not the greatest country in the world,” McAvoy sharply retorts to a naive college […]

Senator Hawley’s Proposal to End Support for Internet Speech

Republican Senator Josh Hawley, an ironically self-described proponent of free speech, proposed the “Ending Support For Internet Censorship” Act this week, ultimately geared towards destroying the Internet and perpetuating censorship. As Prof. Mark Lemley put it, the bill should really be called the Promote Our Republican Nazis (PORN) act “since its goal is to promote […]

Break Up With #BreakUpBigTech

Because Internet law is still (somehow) considered a nuanced field of study in law school compared to intellectual property, crim, corporate, etc. it generates a lot of interesting conversation among curious friends, family, and prospective law students. Of those conversations, recently, there’s two topics that come up consistently thanks to their prominence in the media […]

Thank You for Coming to My TED Talk

More pics of the event here In February, I gave a TEDx talk at Santa Clara University about the importance of Section 230, online speech, and the complexities of content moderation. I owe a huge thank you to my advisor, Professor Eric Goldman, who not only helped me draft the talk but also took me […]