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Content moderation is not a panacea: Logan Paul, YouTube, and what we should expect from platforms

What do we expect of content moderation? And what do we expect of platforms? There is an undeniable need, now more than ever, to reconsider the public responsibilities of social media platforms. For too long, platforms have enjoyed generous legal protections and an equally generous cultural allowance, to be “mere conduits” not liable for what […]

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How Public Should You Be?

The following is an excerpt from my new book, Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today. In most workshops on how to use LinkedIn, some new adopter would ask: how public must my profile be?  This question is about participant structure–who is the audience of a given profile?  […]

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Author Interview: Meryl Alper on “Giving Voice”

Meryl Alper, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University, recently published Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability and Inequality with MIT Press. Giving Voice critically explores the idea that technology “gives voice to the voiceless” through the lens of disability. It does so through a rich, qualitative study of how parents and assistive technology professionals […]

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A Manifesto of Failure for Digital Journalism (from Remaking the News)

The following is an excerpt from an essay appearing in Pablo J. Boczkowski’s and C. W. Anderson’s new collected volume, “Remaking the News: Essays on the Future of Journalism Scholarship in the Digital Age”  from the MIT Press. Introduction This chapter argues for the need to pay attention to failure in the study of digital journalism. The field […]

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