WTF is CDA: an interactive tool about one of the most powerful laws shaping the internet

Design Credits to Jenny Fan
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA 230) has been referred to as “the twenty-six words that created the internet” by cybersecurity law expert Jeff Kosseff. Credit: New York Times

A law that helped develop the Internet as we know it and gave birth to our big tech platforms was intended to allow websites to moderate content in good faith and without fear of litigation

Upon completing the quiz, individuals are assigned one of three identities that capture their position on CDA 230: Absolutist, Reformer, or Abolitionist. Individuals can redo the quiz to further interrogate their knowledge and assumptions about the law and its application.
An example case in the WTF is CDA interactive

WTF is CDA walks individuals through hypothetical cases to help them grapple with debates on platform immunity

  1. Allow individuals to experiment with normative sensibilities defining debate around the law, thus highlighting the power that platforms’ moderation practices have on users, and;
  2. Inspire more informed discussions on questions of responsibility and reform in an age of rampant misinformation and disinformation.

WTF is CDA is the result of many iterations and support from others

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