Big tech: From Trump’s best friend to censorship machine? – EUObserver, 21.01
The Internet is a Crime Scene – FP, 20.01
How we conceptualize the role social media played in the Capitol siege will set the stage for information governance across the globe. By Joan Donovan, Gabrielle Lim
Expert: Social media to extremism is like oxygen to fire – 19.01
- CNN’s Sara Sidner reports on the use of social media by far-right extremists as experts fear the attack on the US Capitol may just be the beginning.
The deplatforming phenomenon – 18.01
- In this edition, we look more closely at the digital insurrection that has occurred in the last few days, as several companies decided to ban the US president from their platforms because of comments igniting hate. Did it infringe on free speech or was it a legitimate move? Regardless of one’s opinion, it marks a turning point for digital speech and a power shift towards Silicon Valley tech giants.
Boom in private companies offering disinformation-for-hire – FT, 14.01Oxford researchers find contractors employed to manipulate opinion in 48 countries
Report: “Epidemic of misinformation” is eroding trust in institutions – 13.01
- A new report warns that an “epidemic of misinformation” is eroding people’s trust in institutions. The Edelman Trust Barometer found widespread distrust of journalists, business leaders and government officials around the world.
Has Trump, tech and TV throttled press freedom? – Reuters, 13.01
- President Trump emboldened other leaders to quash press freedom, his message amplified by tech platforms and a mainstream media which did not know how to respond, three leading journalists and campaigners said at the #ReutersNext conference.
Telegram tries, and fails, to remove extremist content – Politico, 13.01
Trump’s social media ban reignites fight over how to police online content – Politico, 12.01
Europe has spent years figuring out how to curb harmful content, offering lessons to others on what works and what doesn’t.
Freedom of expression between ethics and media ecology – Luca De Biase, OECD Forum, 11.02
Free speech row: Germany and France oppose Trump’s social media ban – 11.01
Tech Faces Backlash With Trump Twitter Ban, Parler Offline – 11.01
Law unto themselves? Social media block Trump amid calls to regulate Big Tech – 11.01
- Two elections too late? Twitter permanently banning Donald Trump’s account, Facebook suspending it through Inauguration Day, and other social media jumping on the bandwagon of curbing false claims of a stolen election. For four years, the US president has been spreading disinformation from the Oval Office.
Thierry Breton: Capitol Hill — the 9/11 moment of social media – 9.01
The Capitol Hill riot exposes the fragility of our democracies — and the threat underregulated tech companies can pose to their survival.
Power of big tech will remain a thorn in media’s side in 2021 – Irish Times, 5.01
Covid-19 crisis has opened the industry’s eyes, but old problems haven’t gone away
7 Reasons Why Silicon Valley Will Have a Tough Time With the Biden Administration – FP, 28.12
The coziness between Washington and Big Tech is over. By Vivek Wadhwa, Tarun Wadhwa
Tech Giants Are Giving China a Vital Edge in Espionage – FP, 18.12
U.S. officials say private Chinese firms have been enlisted to process stolen data for their country’s spy agencies.
How Should Democracies Confront China’s Digital Rise? Weighing the Merits of a T-10 Alliance – CFR, 30.11
Democracies should ask themselves whether forming yet another elite club of wealthy states represents the best means to counter China’s and fellow authoritarians’ digital rise.
Your Digital Footprint Is Worryingly Easy to Match to Reality – FP, 12.20
Here’s how to stop bleeding information about yourself online. By Natalia Antonova