Technology

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Ethical Considerations of Deepfakes

Is there any way the development of media manipulation technology might be justified despite the many possibilities and opportunities for abuse?
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Anti-Maskers and the Dangers of Collective Endorsement

Anonymity in the online environment renders expertise obsolete. Do facts stand a chance?
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Parler and the Problems of a “Free Speech” Social Network

Does the airing of slanted and inaccurate views really get us any closer to the truth? Is censorship really so detrimental to meaningful public debate?
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Retweets, Endorsements, and Indirect Speech Acts

How should we understand the speech act of retweeting? What are we signaling and what are we not? When, if ever, might condemnation be appropriate?
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Regulating Companies to Free People’s Speech

Government's claim to be the last word on free speech raises a number of legal and philosophical challenges.
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The Quandary of Contact Tracing Tech

Different governments' contact tracing strategies raise important questions about public health and personal privacy.
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Conspiracy Theories and Emotions in the Time of Coronavirus

We need to rethink our relation to the news; the common ways we acquire and share information is tapping into some of our worst impulses.
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When It Comes to Privacy, We Shouldn’t Have to “EARN-IT”

The push to hold Facebook and Pinterest accountable for illicit material circulated by private users on their sites may also undermine our internet privacy and put limits on free speech.
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Twitter Bots and Trust

The anonymity surrounding users' twitter accounts make it extremely difficult to determine the reliability of information. How should we proceed?
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Sensorvault and Ring: Private-Sector Data Collection Meets Law Enforcement

Digital profiling tools (like Google's Sensorvault) and surveillance gadgets (like Amazon's Ring) pose a significant threat to our privacy and blur the line between corporate and government interests.