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Tech Policy and Law

How to Advocate for Data Privacy and Users' Rights

Want to speak up against Big Tech, unjust data collection, and surveillance? Here's how to be an activist in your community and beyond.

Bogus Fears of Censorship Could Spell the End of Content Moderation

Plus: The Supreme Court in cyberspace, what’s up with Web3, and ghost town resurrections.

The End of Roe Will Spark a Digital Civil War

New privacy and expression laws that vary state to state will be a nightmare for platforms, and for users’ rights.

The FTC Is Closing in on Runaway AI

The US regulator is eager to end unfair use of artificial intelligence and commercial surveillance, but experts remain skeptical.

The Woman Who Became a Company Has Lessons for a Post-Roe World

Jennifer Lyn Morone became a corporation in hopes of protecting her data privacy. Her experience shows the downfalls of treating data like property.

The FTC May (Finally) Protect Americans From Data Brokers

The agency’s lawsuit against Kochava should squash the industry’s core defense—and help keep sensitive info off the open market.

Who Pays for an Act of Cyberwar?

Cyberinsurance doesn't cover acts of war. But even as cyberattacks mount, the definition of "warlike" actions remains blurry.

To Fix Tech, Democracy Needs to Grow Up

Calls to “democratize technology” ring hollow when both systems seem to be failing. The key is realizing that democracy is not yet in its final form.

Biden’s Anti-Big Tech Adviser Has Been Living the Dream

Plus: The government’s plan for Microsoft, the limits of health care disruption, and a regular irregular event.

Twitter's Case in India Could Have Massive Ripple Effects

A ruling against the company could allow the government to censor a wide swath of platforms, and set a global precedent.

‘Clean Slate’ Justice Laws Offer a Second Chance—Only to Some

States are trying to automate criminal record clearance. But what if they end up amplifying racial disparities?

Europe's Big Tech Law Is Approved. Now Comes the Hard Part

Enforcing the sweeping Digital Services Act will be an uphill climb—and the European Commission is not yet equipped for it.

Section 230 Is a Last Line of Defense for Abortion Speech Online

Dobbs should be a wake-up call for anyone seeking to undercut the immunity protections afforded by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Are You Ready to Be Surveilled Like a Sex Worker? 

FOSTA/SESTA laws deplatformed sex workers and set the stage to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Generative Art Is Challenging What It Means to Be Human

In the age of NFTs, artists who collaborate with machines are forcing new questions around intellectual property, process, and the value of art.

Big Tech Has Become a Creature of the Swamp

Plus: Time travel on the blockchain, an update on apocalyptic horsemen, and '90s-era squabbles over internet regulation.

The Web3 Decentralization Debate Is Focused on the Wrong Question

Fixating on the degree—rather than the type—of decentralization is leading us astray.

The Fall of Roe Would Put Big Tech in a Bind

Alphabet, Meta, and others collect heaps of user data that could be exploited by law enforcement—and create legal hazards.

Europe Has Traded Away Its Online Porn Law

The landmark Digital Services Act has a glaring omission: It ditches plans to tighten rules that could have protected survivors of revenge porn and other forms of sexual abuse.

In the World of NFTs, Who's Making Money Off Your Image? 

Celebrities struggle with ownership of their image. It's time to prevent “portrait piracy" before the rest of us need to worry too. 

Biden Puts Big Tech’s Favorite Business Model on Notice

The regulation of surveillance advertising used to be a fringe idea. Now it’s in the State of the Union address, at least when it comes to kids.

Europe Is in Danger of Using the Wrong Definition of AI

Some intelligent systems are at risk of being excluded from oversight in the EU's proposed legislation. This is bad for both businesses and citizens.

Web3 Threatens to Segregate Our Online Lives

Governance tokens seem like a tantalizing solution to content moderation struggles. They only give the appearance of democracy.

Sex-Offender Laws Sent a Man to Prison Over a Prayer Livestream

Registries try to prevent sex offenders from using technology. These laws are confusing, unfair, and ineffective.