Online Content Policy

Publications

Facebook’s Whistleblower Could Be The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Big Tech
Jeffrey Westling

From Daily Caller News Foundation:

“There is a reason we have seen Facebook call on new regulations for internet companies,” Jeffrey Westling, Technology and Innovation fellow at the R Street…

, The American Spectator
Be Careful What You Wish For
Steven Greenhut

In rejecting “free-market fundamentalism,” a new breed of populist conservatives has pitched a variety of political ideas that certainly stray from long-running Republican fundamentals….

“Facebook is broken” doesn’t mean “regulation is good”
Jeffrey Westling

Facebook has had a rough week. Even though its network of apps crashed on Monday, a more existential challenge came Tuesday when a whistleblower, Frances Haugen, testified to Congress about the…

, Washington Examiner
The debate about Section 230 resurfaces, as does conversation involving the SAFE TECH Act
Shoshana Weissmann

From Washington Examiner:

Others are less certain of the bill’s viability. “SAFE TECH relies on a few flawed views,” argued Shoshana Weissmann, a fellow at the R Street Institute. “It removes…

, Tech Policy Press
The Sunday Show: The Bad News on Internet Freedom
Chris Riley

From Tech Policy Press:

Finally, we speak with Chris Riley, senior fellow of internet governance at R Street Institute, a D.C. think tank that advocates for free markets. With coauthor David…

Legislative efforts and policy frameworks within the Section 230 debate
Chris Riley

In recent years, policymakers have attempted to tackle the harms associated with online platforms via an ineffective bricolage of finger-pointing, performative hearings grilling various CEOs,…

, National Affairs
Public Spaces in the Digital Age
Eli Lehrer

The nature of public space in America has been thoroughly transformed since the beginning of the 21st century. Public squares, parks, movie theaters, restaurants, and shopping centers now compete…

, Tech Policy Press
A Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Content Moderation Policy
Chris Riley

From Tech Policy Press:

Enter the R Street Institute, a D.C. think tank that advocates for free markets, which recently set out to explore what a properly designed “multi-stakeholder” process…

Applying Multistakeholder Internet Governance to Online Content Management
Chris Riley

Summary
The content moderation policies of online platforms and Section 230 dominate many modern tech policy news cycles. Little wonder, since these laws and rules impose a specific balance of free…

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