When Facebook started 15 years ago, it didn’t set out to adjudicate the speech rights of 2.2 billion people. Twitter never asked to decide which of the 500 million tweets posted each day are jokes and which are hate speech. YouTube’s early mission wasn’t to determine if a video shot on someone’s phone is harmless speculation, dangerous conspiracy theory, or information warfare by a foreign government. Content platforms set out to get rid of expression’s gatekeepers, not become them.
Yet here we are. Controversial content takedowns are regular news. In August 2017, Cloudflare withdrew its DDOS protection service from the…
The European Parliament is set to vote next week on a proposed new law: the copyright directive. Article 13 is part of that law, and applies to “certain uses of protected content by online services.”
The world contemplated by Article 13 is a whole other Internet.
It would require websites and content platforms, like Medium, to use “content recognition technologies” to “to prevent the availability on their services of works or other subject-matter identified by rightholders.” …
Earlier this week, a conversation that began last summer about tech and work came back to life on Medium. Monday morning, Amazon’s Jay Carney posted a statement revisiting the New York Times’ August story about work culture at Amazon. A few hours later, Dean Baquet of the Times responded. And then, a few hours later, Jay Carney responded to him.
For us, this felt big. The planet’s largest online merchant and the nation’s paper of record took it to Medium. Some noticed that responses were disabled on Amazon’s two posts. Others wondered if we had suspended normal features and worried…
One of our goals at Medium is to treat our users better than anyone else. And a way we do this is by trying to make it actually clear (not just legally defensible) what we are doing with data and analytics.
To this end, we’ve designed Medium to respect users who browse “Do Not Track”-style. Last month, we were honored when the Electronic Frontier Foundation singled us out for providing users clear guidance as one of the first implementers of EFF’s Do Not Track (DNT) policy.
But complying with DNT presents a new challenge for sites (like Medium) that have…
Yesterday afternoon Medium co-filed an amicus brief in support of net neutrality at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. This brief is a joint effort with Automattic, Reddit, Squarespace, Yelp, and Twitter. We’re glad to be part of this group and proud of the brief. Net neutrality is crucial for our platform and our users.
What’s the case?
United States Telecom Association, et al. v. FCC and USA. It’s basically a bundle of cases brought by various broadband providers. They’re suing the FCC.
Why are they suing the FCC?
Because they don’t like the Net Neutrality. Earlier this year, the…
Some Medium users have noticed that ad-blockers are blocking legit parts of Medium, such as our first-party analytics and icons. This is not good because they prevent you from making fullest use of the site (and at worst, new users might not realize what’s missing). To be clear, we don’t currently have any ads on the site and we don’t allow third-parties to track our users across the Internet as a result of their visiting our site.
We wanted to let everyone know:
I’ve been thinking on and off about Mark Levy since I read he shot himself. I’m writing this to try and figure out why. This was in April 2009, a few weeks before I finished law school.
Things were bad. People got laid off. Escorted each other to the iceberg. Belt-tightening. Hard decisions. Even in good times, lawyers catastrophize and prepare for bad things. My feeling at the time was that the boomers had sucked the country’s carcass dry ahead of schedule and were pulling up the economic drawbridges. General panic.
I was doing a little panicking myself. I had…