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First POST: Determined

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, December 1 2014

Why GOP presidential wannabes aren't yet Silicon Valley's favorites; Chris Messina on digital identity and the frustrating failure of Google Plus; the rise of GivingTuesday; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: Nudges

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 3 2014

How campaign tech has evolved in 2014; Joe Rospars on the Democratic party email crisis; how Facebook, ABC News and BuzzFeed are going to data-mine politics heading into 2016; and much, much more. Read More

At Tumblr, New Content Rules for a New Public Square

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, February 23 2012

In the latest example of a company making choices about the balance between user rights and platform responsibilities, Tumblr announced today that it planned to implement a policy against blogs or posts that promote self-harm.

On the Tumblr staff blog, company staff posted a request for input on proposed changes to the company's content policy that would prohibit content that "promotes or glorifies self-injury or self-harm," including cutting or self-mutilation; eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia; and suicide, as opposed to seeking counseling or treatment.

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Censorship on Facebook, Or Just Abiding By Terms of Service?

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 23 2011

If, as Roger Ebert suggests, his Facebook page was taken down after he posted a controversial comment on Twitter about the death of "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, why should you care? Here, let Matthew Ingram explain: If ... Read More

'Your rights under zees license veel terminate automateecally!'

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 9 2011

It's been clear for a while that the terms of service that companies ask us to agree to — whether its for software on our computer or a web 2.0 service — are, well, totally unclear. Or, to be more longwinded ... Read More

Who Controls 'Twistory?'

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, May 5 2011

University of Massachusetts political science professor Stuart W. Shulman has built software for doing textual analysis on large amounts of data. So when he saw an explosion of Twitter activity around the death of Osama ... Read More

Facebook and States Work Out a Safe Space

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, January 6 2011

Facebook, the company, and the attorneys general from more than a dozen U.S. states have worked together to craft a bespoke set of terms of service, one aimed at turning Facebook, the social platform, into a friendlier ... Read More