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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. […]

It’s Often Transparent in Philadelphia: When Open Government Actually Works

//Ah – the sweet smell of transparency in local government. In this blog post I’ll take a look at a recently released report that was only made possible by bringing together civic actors and civic hackers. Through that I’ll look at the stigma around the word “hacker” itself – hopefully lending some clarity to an […]

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.

#Mobilegeddon as a force for Media Literacy

On one hand: It’s great that Google is forcing the industry to adopt mobile friendly standards. Considering such a large portion of people with internet access ONLY do so through small screens, it’s a great way to provide access to content previously unavailable.

On the other hand: I would argue that it shouldn’t take Google making a major […]

Hungry Hungry HIPAA

In this post I'll explore some of the lesser known ramifications of big data and search optimization in the health care vertical - from the checkout line at Target all the way to nationally recognized health care organizations' marketing efforts. Then I'll layout a few ways users and content marketers can rethink their online behavior in pursuit of a more peaceful coexistence.

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 […]

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 […]