Category: Free Speech

Twitter: Hey, at least it’s not Facebook

I have seriously mixed feelings about the social networks these days. My grand plan to phase out my Facebook account is proceeding apace, with one early (and mostly unintended) consequence being that I’m getting more active on Twitter. Of course, my true focus these days is on building my own distribution and communication channels. But

Some gems from Stanford b-school

I’ve been catching up belatedly on a few recent Q&A sessions that chief executives did at Stanford Graduate School of Business. I find these are always a treat as the school gets some great speakers, and the discussion inevitably always gets tech-y due to the setting, regardless of whatever industry the CEO hails from. For

A great net neutrality explainer for absolute newbies

As you might’ve heard (and have almost certainly ignored), the Federal Communications Commission is going to vote Thursday on a proposal to end “net neutrality.” That’s the principle that your internet service provider cannot discriminate against certain content you might want to view using your connection. It’s an admittedly wonkish issue at first glance, but

China is tightening its grip on messaging apps

The Wall Street Journal ran a disturbing story Friday about rising Chinese censorship of messaging apps, especially WeChat. (Note: That link is paywalled, as is my old employer’s wont.) Reporter Eva Dou describes several recent arrests and detentions of Chinese citizens for off-the-cuff remarks online. Even in a country with a rep for autocracy, some

Hold on a minute…

For good reason, there’s been much ink spilled and hands wrung in the press regarding the Justice Department’s call last week for Time Warner and AT&T to sell assets if they want complete their proposed mega-merger. The government says its ostensible “antitrust” concerns would require a sale of either DirectTV or CNN, which are both

TechCrunch gets it right on free speech

A hat tip to TechCrunch’s John Constine, who’s just published a post on how the social networks’ specific interpretation of free speech is enabling behavior that ultimately curtails many people’s speech. An excerpt: Civil free speech is sacrificed in exchange for hatred, degradation and threats. Who can respectfully speak up for their convictions if they’re