Knight First Amendment Institute: How to Avoid Social Media Blight

By J. Nathan Matias

When Elon Musk fired Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s legal, public policy, trust and safety lead, at the start of an avalanche of firings and departures, the Tesla CEO’s actions were reminiscent of another automaker in crisis. After General Motors closed its Flint, Michigan, factories in 1997, it posted signs on the empty buildings: “Demolition Means Progress.” … Continue reading Knight First Amendment Institute: How to Avoid Social Media Blight

The Essential Role of Industry-Independent Research in US National AI R&D

By Susan Benesch, Brandi Geurkink, David Karpf, David Lazer, Nathalie Maréchal, J. Nathan Matias & Rebekah Tromble

The National AI Initiative Act is designed to ensure that the United States remains a leader on AI research and development. It sets out to leverage the opportunities of AI to increase the well-being of Americans while safeguarding against potential and actual harms to our communities. As Lynn Parker noted in her February blog post … Continue reading The Essential Role of Industry-Independent Research in US National AI R&D

The Atlantic: Nobody Can See Into Facebook

By Susan Benesch

The overarching takeaway from the Facebook Papers is that Facebook knows. The company monitors just about everything, as the whistleblower Frances Haugen revealed by providing 17 news organizations with documents about the social-media company’s internal research and discussions. Facebook and its tech-industry peers employ armies of exceptional research scientists who evaluate how the platform shapes social behavior. Those … Continue reading The Atlantic: Nobody Can See Into Facebook