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.
“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.
Not only should people be allowed to block websites from collecting and keeping their data, he says, but that should be the default setting — on European browsers, at least.
via Europe Pressures U.S. Tech On Internet Privacy Laws : NPR.