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On Centerpoint again re: Musk-Twitter Deal

Thanks to host Doug McKelway for having me on again!

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FCC to Apple and Google: Obey Our Wishes to Own the Communists

“Squirrel!” 

The famous invocation from Up—a movie whose sense of life I’m not sure any informed human being will be able to experience again—is essentially what the FCC’s Brendan Carr has said to Apple, Google—and now the rest of us—in an official letter to the two tech giants’ CEOs. In the letter, published on Twitter earlier this week, Carr warns the two leaders of the danger posed by TikTok, and urges them to remove the app from their app stores. 

The concerns seem legitimate enough. If a recently released report from Buzzfeed News is accurate, Beijing officials of ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, may have entered “sensitive information” about United States users, to which these officials have access, “into a .cn domain…operated by the Chinese government’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.” In other words, TikTok may be collecting extensive personal data about United States citizens and delivering it to the Chinese Communist Party. 

Read more at Parler’s Substack, where I originally published this.

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Evergreen: Nadine Strossen on Resisting Hate with Free Speech (not Censorship)

Last night I had the pleasure of dinner with one of my heroes, free speech champion Nadine Strossen (NYLS, ACLU). 

I first met Nadine when she came to USAFA to give a talk to the cadets. (I was an assistant professor there from 2005-2008.) But our first real conversation was by Zoom in October 2020, about her book, Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, with a specific focus on content moderation in social media.

Given Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, and the renewed interest in this topic, the timing is just about perfect, so give it a listen if you haven’t already. And if you enjoy it, sharing is always appreciated, thanks!

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