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Civic Source

Silos! Silos everywhere!

Katya Abazajian writes about the difficulties that arise when government agencies are reluctant to share information with each other.

Nov 8, 2021

It’s time to stop trusting Facebook to engineer our social world

Nick Couldry writes that tighter regulations are needed to ensure that social media companies act in the public interest.

Oct 12, 2021
Harvard Law Today

Is it time to swipe left on social media?

Jonathan Zittrain, evelyn douek, and John Palfrey share insights on the consequences of social media after a Facebook whistleblower dominated headlines last week. …

Oct 12, 2021
CNN Business

Facebook's success was built on algorithms. Can they also fix it?

James Mickens and Hilary Ross discuss the drawbacks and potential solutions of social media algorithms.

Oct 10, 2021

A Novel Framework for Reputation-Based Systems

Jad Esber and Scott Kominers offer a framework for designing reputation-based systems to encourage quality contributions and participation on platforms.

Sep 30, 2021
Stanford Cyber Policy Center

What the multi-stakeholder approach can bring to content policy debates

Julie Owono and Niousha Roshani share their ideas for addressing content governance issues online.

Sep 28, 2021
Morning Brew

Behind the scenes: How Twitter decided to open up its image-cropping algorithm to the public

Twitter’s recent opening of its image-cropping algorithm is a step forward in social media research, Sasha Costanza-Chock tells Morning Brew.

Sep 27, 2021

Cyberbullying Insurance Is for Real. Here’s What it Covers

Sameer Hinduja shares insight on the psychological damage that online harassment can inflict on victims — and the limitations of cyberbullying insurance.

Sep 24, 2021
Tech Policy Greenhouse

The Inexorable Push For Infrastructure Moderation

Jonathan Zittrain writes that the fervor for content moderation will bleed from social media into the Internet's building blocks, posing new threats to civil liberties.

Sep 24, 2021
Alan Turing Institute

Mistrust of government in context of repressive states as a driver of slow acceptance of digital IDs

Babatunde Okunoye shares insight on why digital identity projects have faced slow user acceptance and adoption in parts of Africa.

Sep 23, 2021

Sex work, automation and the post-work imaginary

Zahra Stardust and Helen Hester envision a post-work future that is more equitable for sex workers.

Sep 13, 2021

The Flaws of Policies Requiring Human Oversight of Government Algorithms

Ben Green argues that human oversight policies allow the government to use flawed or controversial algorithms without addressing the fundamental issues with the tools — and…

Sep 10, 2021

​Apple’s proposed new child safety features and the problems with privacy tradeoffs

Shreya Tewari shares the problems with proposals that compromise user privacy in favor of other important goals.

Sep 9, 2021

How digital surveillance thrived in the 20 years since 9/11

David O'Brien explains how the two decades since the September 11 terrorist attacks have involved a broad expansion of government surveillance powers.

Sep 8, 2021
Bloomberg Law

From Harvard to Berkeley, Clinics Train Next-Gen Tech Lawyers

Kendra Albert and Christopher Bavitz share how the Cyberlaw Clinic prepares students to address the biggest issues in cyberspace.

Aug 25, 2021

Social Media Companies Need to Take a Lesson from 16th-Century Bavaria

John Bowers, Will Marks, and Jonathan Zittrain propose a path forward for how to improve content moderation

Aug 24, 2021
Boston Globe

A Harvard professor predicted COVID disinformation on the web. Here’s what may be coming next

Joan Donovan explains the dangers of spreading falsehoods on social media and the challenges with stopping misinformation.

Aug 23, 2021
The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast: Facebook Shuts Down Research On Itself

evelyn douek talks with Quinta Jurecic and Alex Abdo about the legal fight between researchers and Facebook about collecting data on Facebook ads. 

Aug 19, 2021

The Feature is the Bug

Colin Doyle explains how algorithms can expose flaws in criminal laws and the harms that they can produce.

Aug 9, 2021
Science Friday

How Imperfect Data Leads Us Astray

Kasia Chmielinski explains how a popular algorithm used to predict race or ethnicity based on scant personal details ends up creating flawed data.

Aug 6, 2021