Online Content Policy

Publications

, Fast Company
An adult film company wants to put users into deepfake porn
Media Coverage

R Street cited in Fast Company:
The world is still figuring out what to do about the risks that come with deepfakes.

, Lawfare
Copyright Law Could Stop 3-D Printed Guns. Should It?
Charles Duan

Cody Wilson’s legal battle to post his plastic gun schematic is awful, pitting speech values against human lives, raising the specter of more mass shootings, and casting a dark shadow on what…

, Slate
The Judge in the Latest 3D-Printed Gun Case Got 3D Printing Totally Wrong
Charles Duan & Jeffrey Westling

On Monday, a federal court in Washington state blocked Cody Wilson and his company Defense Distributed from putting his 3D-printed gun schematic online. The court’s order—the latest in a…

, ALdotcom
Ignoring Alex Jones without a tech company’s moral compass
Cameron Smith

One of my favorite Internet finds of all time is a Bon Iver-esque cover of radio host Alex Jones’s craziest statements. The video renders Jones’s angry, conspiratorial tenor as beautifully hilarious…

, Libertarianism.org
One Year After Charlottesville’s “Unite The Right” Riots: Following Karl Popper, We Should Tolerate Intolerance, Within Reason
Mike Godwin

Contra Popper’s virally optimized doppelgangers, the paradox of tolerance demands forbearance and restraint.

There are limits to what the First Amendment refers to as “the freedom of…

, techdirt
Senator Mark Warner lays out ideas for regulating Internet platforms
Media Coverage

From techdirt:
On a related note, we should also think carefully about how much of a problem each of the three items listed above are. I know that there are good reasons to be concerned about all…

, KUOW's The Record
When to call someone a Nazi. And when to not
Media Coverage

From KUOW’s The Record:
Since the 2016 election, President Trump, some of his supporters and…

, Reason
Twitter sucks because we suck. Don’t blame @Jack
Mike Godwin

A lot of criticism of Twitter takes the form of public tweets aimed at Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey (@jack). Those tweets have heated up in recent years because Twitter is President Donald…

R Street Comments on International Internet Policy Priorities
Joe Kane

On behalf of the R Street Institute, we respectfully submit these comments in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Notice of Inquiry (NOI) regarding…

, NBC
FOSTA sex trafficking law becomes center of debate about tech responsibility
Media Coverage

From NBC:
“Every effort to turn platforms into content police favors the well-established, well-capitalized platforms,” said Mike Godwin, senior fellow at the nonprofit research firm R Street…