[Doctorow-L] "I Shouldn't Have to Publish This in The New York Times": my op-ed from the future
doctorow at craphound.com
Mon Jun 24 11:56:17 EDT 2019
I was honored to be invited to contribute to the New York Times's
excellent "Op-Eds From the Future" series, with an op-ed called "I
Shouldn't Have to Publish This in The New York Times," set in the
near-future, in which we have decided to solve the problems of Big Tech
by making them liable for what their users say and do, thus ushering in
an era in which all our speech is vetted by algorithms that delete
anything that looks like misinformation, harassment, copyright
infringement, incitement to terrorism, etc -- with the result that the
only place where you can discuss anything of import is newspapers
Alas, it's science fiction that's firmly in the mold of "If this goes
on..." Between SESTA/FOSTA, the Copyright Directive and global
anti-terror rules, the age of the filternet is upon us.
We can either try to fix Big Tech (by making it use its monopoly profits
to clean up its act) or we can fix the internet (by breaking them up and
denying them access to monopoly profits) -- but we can't do both.
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