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Link: Brookings – Facebook’s Oversight Board makes an imperfect case for private governance

For Brookings Institution’s TechTank, I wrote an overview of and takeaways from the Facebook Oversight Board. I was fortunate to be part of one of its expert meetings in August 2019, and I focused most of my comments while there on the private governance aspect of the process. In this piece I recreate the journey…

Link: Brookings – Four lessons for U.S. legislators from the EU Digital Services Act

For Brookings Institution’s TechTank, Bruna Santos and I wrote an overview of the EU Digital Services Act proposal, and the lessons US (and other) policy makers can learn from it, in terms of intermediary liability. This is the third in our series of articles on intermediary liability legislation, after an in-depth look at the legislative reform proposals…

Link: Brookings – The push for content moderation legislation around the world

For Brookings Institution’s TechTank, I wrote with Bruna Santos, an in-depth look at the legislative reform proposals around the world (specifically US, EU and Brazil) on intermediary liability. This is a follow-up article to our previous breakdown of the legislative context globally.

Link: Brookings – How a compliance mindset undermines antitrust reform proposals

For Brookings Institution’s TechStream, I wrote with Dr. Anne L. Washington, a conceptual piece in which we talk about how the narrow and compliance-focused perspective that Big Tech companies take on dealing with “Ethics” is very likely to permeate any antitrust action taken by the government, given current proposals.

Webinar: Internet in the Time of Crisis

On August 14th, I was invited to talk about how the Internet worked during prolonged crisis, in a webinar put together by the Internet Law and Policy Foundry and ISOC-DC. Joining an all-star cast of lawyers, technical experts and academics, we talked about everything from infrastructure to social media platforms. A recording of the webinar…

Press: The Hill – “Republicans, DOJ propose scaling back social media liability protections”

I was quoted in this article in The Hill, talking about the dual proposals from Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) and from the Department of Justice, on content moderation. As you can probably tell, I (along with anybody that’s spent more than 2 hours in this area of tech policy) am not a fan of either.

Facebook’s Oversight Board Can’t Intervene, So Stop Asking

This post originally appeared on Techdirt with the title Facebook’s Oversight Board Can’t Intervene, So Stop Asking: As Facebook employees stage a digital walk-out and make their thoughts known about the social media giant’s choice to not intervene in any way on “political posts”, especially those of President Donald Trump, some have called for the newly-created Oversight Board to step up…