A 360° Discussion of Foreign, National and Local Policy Issues

July 22: Social Media and Free Stuff on the Internet

We’ll discuss the social media giants’ impact on American society—the quality of discourse, data security, privacy and other related topics.

  • Should social media platforms be subject to legal liability as “publishers” responsible for curating their content?
  • Has social media “dumbed down” our citizens?
  • Should user agreements for free services (like pretty much all social media, plus Gmail, etc.) be revised to make it clearer why this stuff is “free?” How should they be changed?

Here’s a WaPo article on “browser extensions” to get you started.

And a NYT op-ed piece on how the recent FaceApp affair isn’t really an outlier.


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