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Lawless: The Secret Rules That Govern Our Digital Lives

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Rampant abuse, hate speech, censorship, bias, and disinformation - our Internet has problems. It is governed by technology companies - search engines, social media platforms, and infrastructure providers - whose hidden rules influence what we are allowed to see and say. In Lawless, Nicolas P. Suzor presents gripping examples of exactly how tech companies govern our digital ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published July 18th 2019 by Cambridge University Press
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Alexander Smith
Aug 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
In some ways, this book is well intended. It focuses on very real human-oriented problems that need better policy mechanisms, certainly. No one can easily dismiss serious issues that have developed out of present digital discourse. It primarily intends to look at both historic practices of regulation and a traditional "human rights" based perspective of how the Internet should function. While it proposes this as such, and proposes this as a "universal" solution, it feels intensely western in its ...more
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