Free Expression


July 4th

I’m of the opinion that July 4th should be celebrated more like a Jewish holiday. Let’s sit and reread treatises and old revolutionary era letters, feel guilty and then make a concerted effort to do better. I’m all for beer olympics and fireworks, but I think its time for some reflecting.

edit: And lots of food.

Germany’s Network Enforcement Act: A Wurst Case Scenario

EUGENE –  Typically known for more stringent laws around speech than other western democracies, Germany’s latest push back against the use of social media for inciting violence and sharing extremist messages raises big questions on effectiveness, jurisdiction and legality.

On the heels of the recent Facebook Files leaks, which document the ways ICTs moderate content, new […]

Square Pegs in Round Holes: Facebook Real Name Reporting Policy

// This is a follow up to a previous article on Facebook’s Real Name Policy, “Pseudonyms: Not Who You Share With, But Who You Share As”

Back in early October, I wrote a lengthy piece on pseudonymity online – the way we assume multiple identities based on context. Just like you may act and speak differently with close friends than you would at work, so too (generally) goes conduct online. This is accomplished through usernames, avatars, and other privacy tools. […]

Pseudonyms: Not Who You Share With, But Who You Share As

// In this post I’ll dive into pseudonymity, and the challenges posed by real-name policies that sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google put in place. With quips and quotes from the EFF, m00t, Facebook’s Chris Cox and danah boyd, this should be a fun one.

A few things came across my desk this week that brought me […]

If Snoo’s Snooze, then the Whole Web Might Lose

As we drift further away from engaging the web in traditionally siloed experiences, key moments like the 2015 Reddit blackout will determine whether or not new websites will survive if they don't take into account the consent of the networked.

In which Facebook goes to war with copypasta (on behalf of page managers – not users)

In late January of 2015, TechCrunch reported on Facebook’s attempts at limiting the viral spread of copypasta, and spammy often clickbait laden spam:

“Every few months it seems a new diatribe goes viral, where people accuse Facebook of appropriating ownership for their content. They copy and paste a status update claiming this legally reserves their ownership. This is […]

Yelp & Memories Pizza

Right or wrong, protecting the rights of some, or infringing upon the rights of others, the trolls that lead the closing of Memories Pizza’s made online free speech and expression activists look childish. The internet doesn’t have to be a tool for hate – the more these situations happen and permeate the national conversation about […]

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