— 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.
— 14 min read — Summary :- platforms should aim to become ‘good’ regulators. Key to this is separating out rule-making and enforcement functions within companies. There is a lot learning that platforms can take from governments about how to do this well.
— 5 min read — I will be writing more about whether internet platforms should be treated as ‘publishers’ of the content they carry. Before I do that, I want first to address some phrases that are thrown around which sound appealing but become more complex under closer examination. We often hear people say they want…
— 8 min read — There is much excitement today about the US President threatening to move against social media companies after Twitter attached a factcheck to two of his tweets. This includes a review of a piece of US law called ‘Section 230’ with the implied threat that this review may lead to this…
— 5 min read — Reflections on the decision not to remove conspiracy theory tweets by the US President. I consider how defamation law and ‘common decency’ standards may be part of the response.
— 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.
— 14 min read — Summary :- an assessment of the factors that shape platform responses to misinformation. I look at the response to Covid-19 and move on to describe a model for the factors influencing the way platforms intervene more generally. Partisan political impacts are an especially complex consideration.