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. […]

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.

Navigating the Web with Zero-Rating is a lot like Driving with a Learner’s Permit

//Recent headlines have trumpeted both the beginning and the end of the free and open internet, depending on who you’re reading. For countries with little to no access, the FCC’s Net Neutrality stance may seem far from relevant but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In this blog post, I’ll explore some angles of […]

Filter Bubble

“The new internet not only knows you’re a dog; it knows your breed and wants to sell you a bowl of premium kibble” – Eli Pariser ‪#‎filterbubble‬

Reflections on the ’11 Spooky Facebook Thought Experiments

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I hate to ramble like this, but I’ve just got to weigh in on the ‘spooky’ Facebook social experiment coverage from Fall 2014. […]

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 […]