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Link: TechPolicy.Press – Tech Firms Take First Step Toward Self-Regulation on Trust & Safety

For Tech Policy Press, I wrote about how the platform industry is thinking about and acting on self-governance, primarily through the lens of the Digital Trust and Safety Partnership (DTSP). The piece looks at DTSP’s first output, a self-assessment report, its next steps and what needs to happen across other stakeholders too for a health…

Link: Brookings – The Digital Services Act’s lesson for U.S. policymakers: Co-regulatory mechanisms

For Brookings Institution’s TechTank, I wrote about the innovation in the DSA, and how one particular piece, co-regulatory mechanisms, can be a great way to start thinking through platform governance issues in the United States.

Video: Surveying the Hybrid Speech Governance Landscape

On June 27th 2022, I moderated a virtual event for the R Street Institute on the general US landscape of hybrid speech governance institutions and processes. The event featured R Street’s Chris Riley, Ranking Digital Rights’ Natalie Marechal, Digital Trust and Safety Partnership’s David Sullivan and Oversight Board’s Rachel Wolbers. Check out the video below…

Link: Responsible AI Institute – Artificial Intelligence at a Crossroads: Compliance as Ethics

Alongside Molly Nystrom and Shannon Kay, who I’ve been working with as part of the Digital Interests Lab, I wrote a blogpost for the Responsible AI Institute explaining how companies tend to see ethics as compliance, especially when dealing with the thorny issues of Artificial Intelligence. This work started from an idea by Prof. Anne…

Link: Estadao – O dilema das pesquisas das redes

Alongside Claudio Lucena, I wrote a piece published in the online version of the Brazilian newspaper Estadao, on the importance of platforms, and especially Facebook, to open up data for researchers, in order to fix the immense information asymmetry. Only that first step of targeted transparency can lead us to a better position of arguing…

Link: Brookings – Legislative efforts and policy frameworks within the Section 230 debate

Alongside Chris Riley, as a follow-up to our piece earlier this summer on the real and perceived harms that are the basis for Section 230 reform, for Brookings Institution’s TechStream, we wrote a synthesis of the major proposals for reform and how they each stack up against each other.

Report: Applying Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance to Online Content Management

Between 2019 and 2021 one of my main projects has been a Knight Foundation funded project working with the R Street Institute on translating the ethos and structure of multistakeholder governance from the Internet Governance space to the Speech Governance (of Content Policy) space. In September 2021 our report, written with Chris Riley, finally came…

Link: Brookings – Trump deplatforming decision highlights the impotence of Facebook’s Oversight Board

For Brookings Institution’s TechTank, I wrote a post about the (in)decision of the Facebook Oversight Board on deplatforming former President Trump. Beyond the specifics on the decision, this builds on my previous work on this, the overview of and general  takeaways from the Facebook Oversight Board. I make some very pointed critiques of the Board, Facebook and…

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…