Filtering Facebook: Why Internet Users and EU Policymakers Should Worry about the Advocate General’s Opinion in Glawischnig-Piesczek – Daphne Keller

8 09 2019

Summer is winding down, and policymakers in Brussels are returning to an ambitious task: drafting new regulation for the Internet. Meanwhile, in Luxembourg, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is deciding cases that will affect both Internet platforms’ operations and lawmakers’ choices in devising new laws. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook algorithm changes suppressed journalism and meddled with democracy – Jennifer Grygiel

3 09 2019

Facebook’s News Feed algorithm determines what users see on its platform – from funny memes to comments from friends. The company regularly updates this algorithm, which can dramatically change what information people consume. Read the rest of this entry »





Silicon Valley wants to read your mind: here’s why you should be worried – Garfield Benjamin

23 08 2019

Not content with monitoring almost everything you do online, Facebook now wants to read your mind as well. The social media giant recently announced a breakthrough in its plan to create a device that reads people’s brainwaves to allow them to type just by thinking. Read the rest of this entry »





Regulating Facebook, Google and Amazon is hard given their bewildering complexity – Zac Rogers

18 08 2019

Back in the 1990s – a lifetime ago in internet terms – the Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells published several books charting the rise of information networks. He predicted that in the networked age, more value would accrue in controlling flows of information than in controlling the content itself. Read the rest of this entry »





Why Facebook’s new ‘privacy cop’ is doomed to fail – Bhaskar Chakravorti

30 07 2019

The Federal Trade Commission issued its largest-ever fine, of US$5 billion, to Facebook for violating a 2011 privacy settlement in late July. But the amount is only about a month’s worth of the company’s revenue, suggesting that the fine, while seeming large, is, in fact, rather modest. Read the rest of this entry »





The Great Hack and the dysaguria of Cambridge Analytica – Eoin O’Dell

28 07 2019

The Great Hack has just dropped on Netflix (IMDB | Rotten Tomatoes | wikipedia | poster left). It is a documentary that explores “how a data company named Cambridge Analytica came to symbolize the dark side of social media in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election”. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook algorithm changes suppressed journalism and meddled with democracy – Jennifer Grygiel

27 07 2019

Facebook’s News Feed algorithm determines what users see on its platform – from funny memes to comments from friends. The company regularly updates this algorithm, which can dramatically change what information people consume. Read the rest of this entry »





The Facebook Appeal and Procedural Grounds – Christopher Knight

25 07 2019

What sort of grounds of challenge can be run on an appeal against a monetary penalty notice issued by the Information Commissioner? Where the Tribunal has a full merits jurisdiction, is there scope for grounds of challenge relating to the process by which the MPN was reached? Read the rest of this entry »





After defamation ruling, it’s time Facebook provided better moderation tools – Fiona R Martin

2 07 2019

After a NSW Supreme court judge ruled last week that Australian publishers are liable for defamatory comments on their Facebook sites, it’s clear that page owners need to get serious about social media management. Read the rest of this entry »





What we know about how political parties use Facebook advertising and what we don’t – Katharine Dommett and Sam Power

29 05 2019

Over the past five years, Facebook has exploded as a site for political advertising and election campaigning. Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Merkel have all used it to promote their ideas. Yet despite the increasing prominence of Facebook, we currently know very little about how much political parties actually spend on the platform. Read the rest of this entry »