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PragerU’s problems with YouTube seem to be yet another example of Big Tech bias where the more you dig, the less you find. 

The main campus of Sarah Lawrence College

A new and troubling sentiment also emerged — one which has been around quietly for a while but was now made explicit. Namely, Samuel Abram’s views — which are right of center and free-market focused — are not welcome or appropriate at Sarah Lawrence College.

Op-ed writers usually don’t write their own headlines, but this one from activist Charlie Kirk’s piece in The Washington Post neatly sums up a strangely persistent tech policy error on the right: “It’s time to treat tech platforms like publishers.”

Here’s a few key things you need to know about Section 230, gleaned from my recent podcast with Jeff Kosseff.

On this episode, cybersecurity professor Jeff Kosseff discusses his new book “The Twenty-Six Words that Created the Internet” about the past, present, and future of Section 230.

Regardless of the debate over big tech companies’ bias against conservatives, more ominous is the thought of establishing a transparency and ethics bureau in Washington, DC.

College campus, @jon.sim via Twenty20

The first rule of holes is: When you’re in one, stop digging. Well, when it comes to higher education, it’s time to set the shovel down. And get to work assembling a ladder.

Without Section 230 either the internet becomes a tightly moderated garden where hardly a disruptive thought is expressed or perhaps the opposite. Either outcome would be a drastic departure from the free open internet we enjoy today.

On this episode, cybersecurity professor Jeff Kosseff discusses his new book “The Twenty-Six Words that Created the Internet” (Cornell University Press, 2019) about the past, present, and future of Section 230.

Small seminar setting, @IndypendenZ via Twenty20

It’s in the humble seminar, with students and professor debating around a table, that viewpoint diversity can thrive, and discussions of conservative thought survive.

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