Tag: Section 230

  • The Digital Wild West Needs a Sheriff

    By Steven Hill, American Purpose, October 6, 2021

    Licenses and permits are standard fare in the brick-and-mortar world. Why not for internet companies?

    Since the birth of the Big Tech media platforms fifteen years ago, democracies around the world have been the subjects of an unfolding experiment based on this question: Can a nation’s crucial news and information infrastructure depend on digital technologies that facilitate (a) a global free-speech zone of (b) unlimited audience size with (c) non-human, algorithmic curation of massive volumes of disinformation that (d) can be spread with unprecedented ease?…

  • How we can tame the wild west of Big Tech media?

    By Steven Hill, Mercury News, Jan 27, 2021

    Why do so many people, including both former President Donald Trump and new President Joe Biden, keep talking about getting rid of an obscure law called Section 230?

    The short answer is that Section 230, part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, is the legal underpinning for one of the largest and most consequential experiments in American history.…