Poynter: In the battle over content moderation, transparency seems to be all anyone can agree on

Poynter: In the battle over content moderation, transparency seems to be all anyone can agree on . “This week brought two new visions for how to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The law, which shields large tech companies from legal liability for content posted by third parties on their platforms, has drawn fire from politicians in both parties.”

Why Section 230 Matters And How Not To Break The Internet; DOJ 230 Workshop Review, Part I (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Why Section 230 Matters And How Not To Break The Internet; DOJ 230 Workshop Review, Part I. “Festivus came early this year — or perhaps two months late. The Department of Justice held a workshop Wednesday: Section 230 – Nurturing Innovation or Fostering Unaccountability? (archived video and agenda). This was perhaps the most official ‘Airing of Grievances’ we’ve had yet about Section 230. It signals that the Trump administration has declared war on the law that made the Internet possible.”

New York Times: Sex Trafficking via Facebook Sets Off a Lawyer’s Novel Crusade

New York Times: Sex Trafficking via Facebook Sets Off a Lawyer’s Novel Crusade. “Tech has led to a lot of trouble lately: hate speech, financial scams, undermined elections. Yet tech companies have largely avoided legal consequences, thanks to a landmark 1996 law that protects them from lawsuits. Now that federal law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, has a new threat: Annie McAdams, a personal-injury lawyer in Houston.”

Ars Technica: Why can’t Internet companies stop awful content?

Ars Technica: Why can’t Internet companies stop awful content?. “Many of us are baffled by the degradation of the Internet. We have the ingenuity to put men on the Moon (unfortunately, only men so far), so it defies logic that the most powerful companies on Earth can’t fix this. With their wads of cash and their smart engineers, they should nerd harder. So why does the Internet feel like it’s getting worse, not better? And, more importantly, what do we do about it?”

Reuters: Google, Reddit defend tech legal protections ahead of Congress hearing

Reuters: Google, Reddit defend tech legal protections ahead of Congress hearing. “A 23-year-old law giving technology companies legal protection from lawsuits over user-generated content remains critical to the internet’s future, Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google unit and social media site Reddit Inc said in testimony released on Tuesday.”

New York Times: How to Force 8Chan, Reddit and Others to Clean Up

New York Times: How to Force 8Chan, Reddit and Others to Clean Up. “Though it may seem that there is little that platforms and politicians can do to stop the spread of online hatred, a great deal could be accomplished with one simple tweak to the existing Communications Decency Act: revise the safe harbor provisions of the law.”

Techdirt: Historical Documentation Of Key Section 230 Cases

Techdirt: Historical Documentation Of Key Section 230 Cases. “We’ve been talking a lot lately about the fact that people seem incredibly confused (i.e., mostly wrong) about the history, purpose, and even language of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. No matter how many times we try to correct the record, it seems that more people keep getting it wrong. We’ve talked a few times about Jeff Kosseff’s excellent new book called The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet, and, as Kosseff explains, part of his reason for putting together that book is that some of the early history around CDA 230 was at risk of disappearing. And now Kosseff has teamed up with professor Eric Goldman to create an archive of documents related to key Section 230 cases.”