Lawmakers could debate an important law that affects speech on the internet. Or they could yell.
Shira OvideToday's On Tech is (reluctantly) on the Senate hearing (sort of) about a bedrock law of the internet.
It is the job of law makers to tell companies what to do.
That's it. That's the newsletter.
Make laws not WrestleMania.
It now seems inevitable that the U.S. government will try to roll back some of the protections that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has provided to internet companies. The fine line it needs to walk is to reverse the slide of social...
In 2016, Russia developed a simple, effective playbook to undermine U.S. elections with disinformation on social media. Four years later, Americans are using the same playbook on each other.
Shira OvideFascinating video (starring @daveyalba & @NYTnickc) on how a completely made up tweet (which misspelled Louisville) was weaponized by partisans to help sow doubts about the vote in the 2019 Kentucky governor's race.
Recent developments point to promise for driverless car technology, if we stay realistic.
Shira OvideIn today's On Tech:
I talked with @olivercameron about why driverless car technology is harder than everyone thought, and why starting "humble" might be the best approach.
(We also talked about wild turkeys.)
Kate Armitage and Eric de Grandmont met online while playing a video game. During chats, they realized their connection ran deeper. Soon they were traveling between New Jersey and Canada and falling in love.
Shira OvideThis story is about bonding over video games, Canadian-ness, mental health, the pandemic and just...IT IS NICE. READ IT.
The first episode of 50 States Of Fright, a horror anthology from Sam Raimi on Quibi, has people howling thanks to an isolated clip that demonstrates what happens when you try to turn a folk tale into high drama.
Shira OvidePlease someone buy the rights to Quibi's "The Golden Arm" series.
We need to preserve the best-worst piece of professional entertainment I have ever seen.