From the monthly archives:

June 2017

Under the terms of a new German law, social networks like Facebook face fines of up to $57 million if they don't delete illegal, racist or slanderous content within 24 hours. But free-speech advocates, including the Commission for Human Rights, say the law gives too much power to Facebook and other platforms to decide what…
This is a disturbing decision by the Supreme Court of Canada, as explained by my former colleague (and fellow Canadian) Jeff Roberts at Fortune. It follows some equally troubling decisions in Europe that have ordered Google to delete results worldwide because of the so-called "right to be forgotten." In a 7-2 decision, the court agreed…

The Age of Distributed Truth

by Mathew on June 29, 2017

Smart post from Eugene Wei about how information gets distributed now, and things that were commonly known in specific circles (like a certain VC's reputation for sexual harassment) become more widely known. We live in the age of distributed truth, and it's an environment in which fake news can spread like mold when in viral…
Copy editors at the New York Times have written an open letter to executive editor Dean Baquet and managing editor Joe Kahn, protesting the downsizing of editing functions at the paper. The Times is planning to get rid of its central copy desk, and aims to reduce the number of editors by about 50%. "Dear…
This seems like an interesting -- and also ambitious -- project aimed at developing a kind of crowdsourced journalism infrastructure based on the crypto-currency Ethereum. Instead of a traditional advertising-based model, the group is proposing to monetize the project (known as Civil) using Ethereum "tokens" or virtual currency that could be exchanged in a variety…

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