Who Controls Online Speech?

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By Electronic Frontier Foundation, Cindy Cohn, and Danny O’Brien - Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

The bots that try to moderate speech online are doing a terrible job, and the humans in charge of the biggest tech companies aren’t doing any better. The internet’s promise was as a space where everyone could have their say. But today, just a few platforms get to decide what billions of people see and say online.

What’s a better way forward? How can we get back to a world where communities and people decide what’s best for content moderation, rather than tech billionaires or government dictates?

Join Daphne Keller, from Stanford’s Centre for the Internet and Society, in conversation with EFF’s Cindy Cohn and Danny O’Brien about a better way to moderate speech online.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

— Why giant platforms do a poor job of moderating content

—What competitive compatibility (ComCom) is, and how it’s a vital part of the solution to our content moderation puzzle

— Why machine learning algorithms won’t be able to figure out who or what a “terrorist” is, and who it’s likely to catch instead

— What is the debate over “amplification” of speech, and is it any different than our debate over speech itself?

—Why international voices need to be included in discussion about content moderation—and the problems that occur when they’re not

—How we could shift towards “bottom-up” content moderation rather than a concentration of power

This podcast is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Program in Public Understanding of Science and Technology.

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