Tracking the Global Response to COVID-19

Tracking the Global Response to COVID-19

Tech companies, governments, and international agencies have all announced measures to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.Many of those measures are based on extraordinary powers, only to be used temporarily in emergencies.

We need to act fast to protect the open internet in India.

We need to act fast to protect the open internet in India.

As a leader in our democracy, you have a responsibility to allow for public review and inform all stakeholders of the outcome before enacting laws that could fundamentally change the rules that govern the internet in India.

Andrew Yang wants you to make money off your data by making it your personal property

Andrew Yang wants you to make money off your data by making it your personal property

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang released his comprehensive plan to regulate the tech industry in a blog post Thursday.Regulating the tech industry has become a popular talking point among Democrats in the 2020 primary race, with candidates like Elizabeth Warren proposing breaking up tech giants.

Facebook isn’t free speech, it’s algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage

Facebook isn’t free speech, it’s algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage

What you read on Facebook is determined entirely by Facebook’s algorithm, which elides much — censors much, if you wrongly think the News Feed is free speech — and amplifies little.

Government Agency Known for Its Bonkers Tech Now Tasked With Solving Fake News

Government Agency Known for Its Bonkers Tech Now Tasked With Solving Fake News

The program, called Semantics Forensics (SemaFor), effectively wants to figure out an automated system that will identify and defend against disinformation campaigns, including text, audio, image, and video content.According to the SemaFor announcement, the program wants to develop a bunch of algorithms that will analyze these coordinated attacks.

Mark Zuckerberg makes the case for not breaking up Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg makes the case for not breaking up Facebook

"The question that I think we have to grapple with is that breaking up these companies wouldn't make any of those problems better," Zuckerberg said in a conversation with Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein.

Facebook Just Opened Up Its Data to Election Researchers

Facebook Just Opened Up Its Data to Election Researchers

As the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) explains, these grantees will have access to data from public Facebook accounts to research the spread of disinformation and, more specifically, "to deepen our knowledge of how social media platforms were used in elections in Italy, Chile, and Germany and how their use may influence public opinion in Taiwan.".

Facebook Violated Data Privacy Laws, U.K. Lawmakers Say in Report

Facebook Violated Data Privacy Laws, U.K. Lawmakers Say in Report

It adds: “Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law.” The report says the documents showed that the social media giant was willing to override users’ privacy settings to transfer data to app developers and “starve” some developers of data.

Facebook's and social media's fight against fake news may get tougher

Facebook's and social media's fight against fake news may get tougher

Users are sharing moments of their lives in vertical videos and photos that vanish in 24 hours through a feature called "Stories." We've become aware of the network's dark side, with data privacy violations and the spread of misinformation and hate speech.