Last night I had the pleasure of dinner with one of my heroes, free speech champion Nadine Strossen (NYLS, ACLU).
I first met Nadine when she came to USAFA to give a talk to the cadets. (I was an assistant professor there from 2005-2008.) But our first real conversation was by Zoom in October 2020, about her book, Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, with a specific focus on content moderation in social media.
Given Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, and the renewed interest in this topic, the timing is just about perfect, so give it a listen if you haven’t already. And if you enjoy it, sharing is always appreciated, thanks!
Musk is officially in the process of purchasing Twitter, and promises to make it a free speech platform. It could be a bit of a bumpy ride between here and there, however. So in the meantime, remember to subscribe here or follow me on Parler.
Yesterday afternoon, which is prime “news dump” time, I published some thoughts on social media’s prospects for the future–whether they hinge on the adoption of a “decentralized” protocol, or if some changes in the law might create a more hospitable environment for those who want to offer a platform which respects free thought and expression, and user privacy, while providing avenues for meaningful monetization. Check it out over on my Substack here, and please subscribe there if you haven’t yet!