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Even Apple Adjusts Its Privacy Promises To Advance Its AI Offerings

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Apple Reminds Us That Behind The AI Revolution Lies An Army Of Humans Seeing Our Data

Apple's concession last week that it relies on an army of human contractors to review a small portion of the…

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Apollo 11 Reminds Us There Is No 'Natural' Way Of Doing Things In Tech

Perhaps the greatest lesson from the Apollo 11 moon landing was that there is no "natural" way of doing things…

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What If The Web Had Been Subscription-Based Instead Of Today's Ad-Supported Surveillance State?

The vast surveillance state that stalks us across the digital world, harvesting our every interest, hoovering up our every post,…

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What If Social Media Posts Were Pre-Reviewed Rather Than Post-Moderated?

It is worth contemplating: if social media platforms had been built upon pre-review rather than post-moderation, could all of today's…

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FiveThirtyEight: Which Democratic Presidential Candidate Was Mentioned Most In The News Last Week?

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Could Personalized Content Moderation Be The Future Of Healthy Social Media?

In an ever more personalized and customized world, in which algorithms curate individualized feeds for us, could personalized content moderation…

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Why Won't Facebook Create 'Safe Spaces' From Political Ads?

Why don't platforms like Facebook allow users to opt-out of political advertisements, creating digital safe spaces from content that triggers…

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Do We Need Laws Forcing Audits When Social Media Companies Fail To Remove Horrific Content?

Social media companies today have little reason to do better at combatting hate and horror on their platforms because they…

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Is Social Media Changing Society Through Greater Accountability?

As social platforms are increasingly used to document police brutality, official corruption, corporate greed and violence and the myriad hidden…

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Social Media Has Normalized The Idea Of Sharing Without Consent

We desperately need new societal norms and standards around permission and consent when it comes to sharing imagery online before…

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The Importance Of Context And Intent In Content Moderation

One of the greatest complexities of modern social media content moderation that stymies attempts to automate it is that context…

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The Encryption Debate Is Over – Dead At The Hands Of Facebook

The sad reality of the encryption debate is that after 30 years it is finally over: dead at the hands…

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The Huawei debate is less important than it once was, as more and more of the world's communications ultimately end…

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In a Web drowning under a deluge of toxicity and horrors, is the digital world actually fixable? Read The Full…

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Should Social Media Posts Be Given Public Compliance Scores?

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We Have Open Courts So Why Don't We Have Open Content Moderation?

In a democratic society based upon transparency with a public and transparent legal system in which our laws are written…

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Could Gamification Be The Answer To Online Toxicity?

Perhaps the most existential question of the modern Web is how to successfully combat the flood of toxicity that has…

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Could Compliance Scoring Replace Content Moderation?

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As the most mundane devices in our lives are increasingly connected to the Web, they are not just a privacy…

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As democratic governments around the world recognize the ability to outsource their censorship desires to social media companies, free speech…