Fight Like a Canadian
This episode features an interview with Ronald Deibert, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto. We talk about his new book, Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society. We also talk about the unique Canadian talent for debating with bare-fisted politesse. Ron gets to use that talent often in our discussion of what’s wrong with the technology ecosystem and whether it can be improved by imposing “restraint” on government and the private sector.
In the news roundup, I urge Twitter to bring back the Fail Whale to commemorate its whale of a fail in trying to suppress a New York Post story that is bad news for Joe Biden. It’s a disaster on all fronts, with Twitter unable to offer a satisfactory explanation for its suppression of the news report, or to hold to any particular enforcement policy for more than a day, and it ended with an embarrassing insistence that the Post can’t have its account back until it deletes tweets that Twitter would probably allow the Post to post today.
And not surprisingly, the episode is encouraging everyone to think that they can do this better than Twitter. The FCC is going to start work on an effort to add an administrative gloss to section 230. Mark MacCarthy thinks the Commission lacks authority to interpret the provision; I disagree. We do agree that Justice Thomas’s thoughts on section 230 are surprisingly detailed – and make Supreme Court review of the provision a lot more likely.
Megan Stifel tells us that the ransomware business is getting even more specialized. Together we wonder if that specialization opens the door to new, even more creative, ways to take down organized cybercrime.
David Kris notes the pearl-clutching over search warrants that identify a pattern of conduct rather than an individual. He almost agrees with me that this is just what probable cause looks like in the twenty-first century.
This week puts on display Europe’s trademark
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