Much of what GDI has been reading this past week centers on recent government fines on tech companies, the limitations of these measures, and alternative regulatory approaches. Our read out also includes articles on cross-platform violence and conspiracy theories, including the origins of the false narrative that 5G technology is harmful (something we’ve also written about here).
We hope you enjoy these articles – and feel welcome to share ideas for other readings with us here or on Twitter @DisinfoIndex.
A 17-Year-Old Girl Was Murdered. How Did Photos of Her Death Go Viral? (Rolling Stone, 15 July 2019).
Craigslist’s Craig Newmark: ‘Outrage is profitable. Most online outrage is faked for profit’ (The Guardian, 14 July 2019).
Germany fines Facebook $2.3 million under hate speech law (AP News, 2 July 2019)
Europe looks beyond fining Big Tech — to changing its business model (Politico, 10 July 2019)
Leaked document: EU Commission mulls new law to regulate online platforms (Netzpolitik, 16 July 2019)
QAnon and the Emergence of the Unreal (MIT Press, 15 July 2019)
The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t (The New York Times, 16 July 2019)
Twitter Backs Off Broad Limits on ‘Dehumanizing’ Speech (The New York Times, 7 July 2019)
We Found The Pseudonymous Man Behind One Of The Oldest Conservative News Outlets Online (BuzzFeed News, 11 July 2019)
Why an “AI Race” Between the U.S. and China Is a Terrible, Terrible Idea (The Intercept, 21 July 2019).