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First POST: Bad Karma

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, October 10 2014

Bad Karma

  • Must read: Catherine Buni and Soraya Chemaly's long essay in the Atlantic about their and others' efforts to combat misogyny online takes you deep into the frustrating and evolving responses of major tech companies like Facebook and Google, and shows how hard it is to scale solutions to the problem that can actually protect women from digital hate speech and violent threats.

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologizes for telling a women's tech conference that women who were afraid to ask for raises were right to trust the "karma" of their companies' system to compensate them, issuing a memo to his employees insisting that he supports women asking for raises and backs equal pay for equal work, reports Kara Swisher for Re/Code.

  • Amazon is a digital age monopoly that should be taken apart before it gets too powerful, says the editor of The New Republic, Franklin Foer.

  • Google has incorporated location specific voter-ID requirements into its US search results, reports Nancy Scola for the Washington Post.

  • There's a stealth campaign popping up around the country aiming to confuse the public about net neutrality that appears to be funded by the cable lobby, reports Robert Faturechi for ProPublica.

  • Speaking of which, President Obama reiterated his support for net neutrality yesterday at a town hall in California. He said:

    "My appointee, [FCC Chairman] Tom Wheeler, knows my position. I can't now, that he's there, I can't just call him up and tell him exactly what to do. But what I've been clear about, what the White House has been clear about is that we expect whatever final rules to emerge to make sure that we're not creating two or three or four tiers of Internet. That ends up being a big priority of mine."

  • Why the latest government push to force tech companies to put "backdoors" into their products must be stopped, by Cory Doctorow.