Greg Bufithis: On Facebook, EU Regulation and Section 230

As US legislators look to adjust Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the platforms lobby Brussels for regulations around accountability for speech, Greg Bufithis surveys the political, technical and operational approaches and intersections from the thirty thousand foot view.  

Reality? If tech executives want change, there is no need to wait for government regulation to guide them in the right direction. They can start in their own “republics” today. As regulators of the domains they govern, nothing stops them proactively aligning their terms of use with human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law. They are massive enough to play government, yet cleverly shy away from taking responsibility for their own territories. I say cleverly because they know anchoring “terms of use” and “standards” and “rule of law” are mind-bending for researchers, regulators and democratic representatives alike.

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  • Mary Mack

    Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary was the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for 10 years and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She holds the CISSP among her certifications.

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