Tag Archives: censorship

A quick note on censorship

Did you know that the LinkedIn community guidelines are interpreted in a way that makes it impossible to discuss a current employment case that’s currently being presented to a tribunal in the United Kingdom? Curious, as LinkedIn is supposed to … Continue reading

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Neil Young and something about rocks and glass houses

I’ll be honest: I consider “artists” in favour of cancel culture and stifling free speech more like vampires than artists, sucking value from their environment. So right now, Neil Young isn’t a favourite of mine. I thought of listing all … Continue reading

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Free speech

This article by Greg Lukianoff over at Areo is a very good list of answers to common arguments against free speech: “Answers to 12 Bad Anti-Free Speech Arguments: Featuring That XKCD Cartoon Everyone Likes to Quote!” Assertion: Free speech rests … Continue reading

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Preposterous

It should be no surprise that I subscribe to / “follow” people who might be blocked by current social media policies. This comment about a temporary ban on Facebook was interesting: Exactly those two points are interesting. Did she get … Continue reading

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Just like Obama

The modern surveillance regime in USA, which most likely and routinely intercepts most European digital communication, was started with George W. Bush as President, but heavily expanded during Barack Obama’s presidency. For 4 years it has been running along basically … Continue reading

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WordPress, ClassicPress or?

I know I keep going on about it, but I am one of those people who really do not like to the current and future editor in WordPress, the Gutenberg editor. And I know how hard it is to make … Continue reading

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A cure for Fake News?

After combating disinformation/”fake news” online for years, are we actually winning? It feels like we are losing. I personally know a couple of people who deny the existence of COVID-19. I know some who believe many of the more outlandish … Continue reading

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So, is NetzDG good?

Following the endless saga of governments trying to restrict free speech, it is worth considering the German NetzDG law. NetzDG, Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (I am not kidding), subtitled “Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechtsdurchsetzung in sozialen Netzwerken”, or the “Network Enforcement Act” for … Continue reading

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It’s impossible, so it must be done quickly

Content moderation at scale is impossible, unless you want it to be random to a certain degree. This is not a surprise and yet politicians demand that tech companies do it anyway – like the German NetzDG law. NetzDG demands … Continue reading

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Why moderation at scale doesn’t work

Writing about PayPal reminded me of that time Archie McPhee “We Make Weird” – currently selling a plastic “Squirrel In Underpants Nodder” – was unable to sell “Tardigrade Ornaments” online. Tardigrade as in Waterbears, those adorable microscopic creatures that live … Continue reading

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