— 13 min read — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has attracted a lot of (mostly favourable) attention for criticising the recent removal of Donald Trump’s social media accounts. As it is well known that she has strong political disagreements with the outgoing US President, her comments have been interpreted by some as a powerful argument…
— 13 min read — Summary :- I look at the ways in which online platforms might respond to pressures related to toxic political content. I consider variations of rules for discussing politics in pubs. I describe the business logic that may apply to specific platforms.
— 18 min read — Summary :- I put questions about the regulation of online political ads into a framework of general election regulation. I urge caution in terms of unilateral moves by any party. I suggest how progress can be made but only through broad consultation and deliberation.
— 9 min read — Summary:- I use the story of Scylla and Charybdis to describe the situation of platforms in respect of US political content. I share views on the political dynamics that are in play with the current US President. I propose more detailed policy ‘course-plotting’ as the best way forward.
— 19 min read — Summary :- I describe some of the ways that governments are using regulation to control political speech including misinformation. I frame this as being within a broader context of attitudes to sedition and talk about the exceptional situation in the US.
— 5 min read — Policy makers are undergoing a crash course in technology – learning to ‘speak Geek’. This is going to have a significant, and positive, impact on discussions about internet regulation.
— 17 min read — Summary :- I look at where partisan bias might happen with the use of social media. I use examples to describe the mechanisms that may cause partisan effects. I propose that we conduct analyses of the Likely Partisan Effects of interventions by both platforms and governments.