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Roles And Responsibilities Of Information Intermediaries

by Wolfgang Schulzvia Aegis Paper Series
Thursday, November 14, 2019

While many countries have initially opted to give online platforms a “safe harbor,” for speech, we are now witnessing trends to weaken that protection. In Europe, this includes the creation of regulatory regimes that aim at reducing misinformation and that specifically address the role of social media platforms and other information intermediaries. Regulatory attempts such as the German Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG) can serve as an example. The paper analyzes those approaches from a human-rights perspective and argues that the platforms’ ability to assess the context of content plays a major role in determining whether “new school regulation” sets proportional limits to freedom of speech.

In the News

Port Neches-Groves ISD Attacked By Ransomware

quoting Herbert Linvia Beaumont Enterprise
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Port Neches-Groves ISD lost access to files on all computer systems Tuesday afternoon after being attacked by ransomware, a type of cyberattack that renders files unusable and then demands money for restoring access.

In the News

Boris Johnson Appeared To Endorse Jeremy Corbyn For Prime Minister In A Convincing Deepfake Video

quoting John Villasenorvia Business Insider
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A 'deepfake' video of Prime Minister Boris Johnson appearing to endorse Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for prime minister has been broadcast on UK television.

In the News

Experts Debate Whether AI Can Truly Be Unbiased

quoting John Villasenorvia MeriTalk
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

In today’s society, can an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm truly be unbiased? That question sparked some serious debate among a panel of experts from the Brookings Institution last week.

In the News

Remarks By Director Iancu At The European Patent Office (EPO) Patent Information Conference

quoting Stephen Habervia United States Patent and Trademark Office
Monday, November 4, 2019

Remarks delivered at the EPO Patent Information Conference.


Addressing Nuclear Proliferation Needs International Leadership, Cooperation, Stanford’s George Shultz Says

interview with George P. Shultzvia Stanford News
Monday, November 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow George Shultz shares his thoughts about how to address nuclear proliferation today.

Analysis and Commentary

Venkatesh Rao On Waldenponding

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, November 4, 2019

Writer and management consultant Venkatesh Rao talks about Waldenponding with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Rao coined the term Waldenponding to describe various levels of retreating from technology akin to how Thoreau extolled the virtues of retreating from social contact and leading a quieter life at Walden Pond. Rao argues that the value of Waldenponding is overrated and that extreme Waldenponding is even somewhat immoral. Rao sees online intellectual life as a form of supercomputer, an intellectual ecosystem that produces new knowledge and intellectual discourse. He encourages all of us to contribute to that intellectual ecosystem even when it can mean losing credit for some of our ideas and potentially some of our uniqueness.

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The Libertarian: Moving Left On Energy

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Green energy policies at the state and federal level are starting to have an impact — in all the wrong ways.

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Announcing 'Huawei, 5G And National Security: A Lawfare Compilation,' A New Lawfare E-Book

mentioning Herbert Linvia Lawfare Blog
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A new Lawfare Institute e-book, "Huawei, 5G and National Security: A Lawfare Compilation," is now available on Kindle.

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U.S. Technology Control Policy Not Likely To Stop China's Hi-Tech Development: Scholar

quoting Andrew Grottovia Xinhua (China)
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

U.S. government policy on controlling technology exports to China won't likely halt the Asian country's pace of hi-tech development, a Stanford scholar said Tuesday.


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