User-Generated Censorship: Manipulating the Maps Of Social Media – MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing

Interesting thesis by recent MIT graduate.


“[…] This thesis investigates user-generated censorship: an emergent mode of intervention by which users strategically manipulate social media to suppress speech. It shows that the tools designed to help make information more available have been repurposed and reversed to make it less available. Case studies reveal that these platforms, far from being neutral pipes through which information merely travels, are in fact contingent sociotechnical systems upon and through which users effect their politics through the power of algorithms. […]

Source: User-Generated Censorship: Manipulating the Maps Of Social Media.


California to adopt a Right to Erasure as well?

“SB 568 prohibits websites from marketing a product or service to a minor, if the minor cannot legally purchase the product or participate in the service in the State of California.  This prohibition applies to all sites and apps “directed to minors” or if the operators “has actual knowledge that a minor is using its” service. […]

California SB 501, meanwhile, would require websites to remove personally identifiable information about minors upon the request of the minor OR the parent within 96 hours of the request.”

Read: Will There Be An “Eraser Button” On Social Media For Teens? | Looper Reed & McGraw, P.C. – JDSupra.

iPhone and Android apps now required to have privacy policies

The makers of the most widely used mobile app stores have agreed to comply with a California law requiring mobile apps that collect personal information to have a privacy policy. California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced the agreement today with Apple and Google, which run the two most popular mobile app stores, as well as Amazon, HP, Microsoft, and Research In Motion.

via ArsTechnica.

White House releases statement against SOPA; asks for refined legislation this year

It appears the massive response from the public has made a difference. Today, people are waking up to emails in their inbox from the White House in response to two particular anti-SOPA Stop Online Piracy Act — more about it here petitions with signatures tallying just over 100,000 at the time of this writing. Under no uncertain terms, the White House clearly opposes SOPA in its current form; but the anti-piracy battle rages on as the White House calls for legislation far more refined to be passed this year.

See: ZDNet.