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Commentary by @davidakaye: How to ‘fix’ social media without censorship
In the wake of rising attention given to the role social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter play in our societies and political processes, the UN's Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion & expression David Kaye offers insight on a path forward. These private companies have increasingly become the arbiters of what is deemed acceptable speech, blurring the lines on what was previously the provenance of states.

Kaye writes: "Social media, messaging and search platforms offer real value. They provide connections, information and security for people who might not otherwise have them, such as sexual minorities in traditional societies, reporters in authoritarian environments, or dissenters in repressive regimes...And yet the most influential corporations in this sphere wield extraordinary power from a distance. They develop rules, standards, and guidelines, often in Silicon Valley, to determine for people around the world the appropriate boundaries of expression...Much as they may try, they are often out of touch with local and national concerns in the places where they operate...In places like Myanmar, where activists note that 'Facebook is the internet,' the companies lack the linguistic and cultural expertise to distinguish a racist word from an ordinary one. As a result, they may over-regulate, censoring the good with the bad."

Kaye goes on to lay out three key recommendations: "First, internet companies need to involve local communities in governing their platforms...Second, the companies must disclose radically more information about the nature of their rulemaking and enforcement concerning expression on their platforms...Finally, the companies make claims to global roles, so they should adopt global standards – not the First Amendment, and not terms of service allowing them complete discretion. They should apply human rights law, which provides global standards protecting everyone’s right to 'seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers.'"

Kaye's recommendations echo those made by him in a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in April - the UN's first on online platform content regulation, complete with recommendations to states and companies. https://freedex.org/a-human-rights-approach-to-platform-content-regulation/
otf  social  platform  regulation  policy  speech  foe  un 
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Mr. Rogers's Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Kids - The Atlantic
The TV legend possessed an extraordinary understanding of how kids make sense of language.
children  education  parenting  psychology  tv  speech  talk 
4 days ago by soobrosa
Speech by M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, on receiving the Charlemagne Prize - Présidence de la République
“Our second imperative is: let’s not be divided. The temptation is great, in this troubled period of self-absorption and nationalism, to think that at national level we’ll control things better and regain a share of this sovereignty, which is still too ephemeral or nascent at European level. We had this alarm bell with Brexit, but we’re also hearing it from the Italian elections to Hungary, Poland and everywhere in Europe: this music of nationalism reverberates, this fascination, and as I was saying earlier, in this place we’re in the presence of the Carolingian dream we want to live up to, but the risk in Europe today is, as it were, a Lotharingian risk, the risk of extreme division. It tends to reduce most debates to overlapping nationalisms, persuading those in doubt to give up the freedoms they won at the cost of huge suffering.”
Macron  2018  speech  sovereignty  Europe  EU 
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