2020.09.11 Last Week in Digital Media

Hello

Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed.

GENERAL

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

TIKTOK SALE

ONLINE VIDEO

REGULATORY

  • S230 of the Communications Decency Act is in the spotlight, with a Republican-backed proposal called the “Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act” (PDF link). The proposal seeks to limit online content moderation around content that is unlawful or promotes terrorism. You can read the draft of the bill here (PDF link).
  • staying with S230, NYU Stearn has released a paper (PDF link) that outlines the history, the debate and has outlines various recommendations. It’s a 22-page document but an excellent and recommended read as both sides of US politics have opinions on S230, and it’s likely to come into focus during the election, particularly as platforms tighten their rules on both election and post-election content moderation.

PRIVACY, TRUST, and SAFETY

Have a safe and great week.

Joshua

PS. Two distractions this week. If you have ever read an article that compares the size or weight of something to something else, you’ll love the Measure of Things. As an example, this newsletter is typically 1/10th the file size of a digital photo. Or if you want to mix your own background soundtrack as you work from home, try LowFi player, which uses AI and ML to make ambient music.