Issues/Your Take

What Do We Do About “X”?

I came across this article ( ) the other day. It made me think about the ways Twitter has changed since Elon Musk’s takeover and what it has meant for the balancing between the interests of freedom of expression and of safeguarding the public from harms that can arise from unregulated content.Some of the key […]

Balancing the Presumption of Innocence and the Right to Privacy against Public Interest Journalism – Noah Williams

In the early months of 2022, the UK SC ruled that “an individual being investigated for a crime generally has “a reasonable expectation of privacy” before being charged.” Since this decision, many have criticised the court for going “against the principle of open justice”. Furthermore, it is argued, this decision will have a chilling effect […]

Crafting Your Personalized AI Chatbot Experience with Meta

Your Personalized AI Chatbot Wanna Play? Have you ever watched the movie “Her” and wondered what it would be like crafting your personalized AI Chatbot and having a unique AI friend? Well, it seems like the future of Meta might bring us closer to that concept! Meta recently announced its celebrity-influenced AI chatbot models, as […]

Final Paper – Review of the CRTC Russia Today Ban under the post-Vavilov Admin Law Framework

Hi Everyone, Please find attached my paper on whether the CRTC RT decision would survive an appeal. RT can appeal the CRTC under s.31(1) of the Broadcasting Act, or bring a Charter challenge regarding freedom of expression. Using the post-Vavilov framework, I believe the CRTC decision would likely survive all of these challenges. Let me […]

Presentation: Echo Chambers, Algorithms, and Social Media

Hi everyone! Happy last week of class! We (Lily + Jen) have a presentation for you on the topic of echo chambers and social media algorithms. We ask that you listen to this brief TED talk before the presentation: The presentation can be found here: The presentation itself has embedded audio recordings that […]

Peppa Pig, McDonald’s and Starbucks’ IP in Russia

As part of the economic pressure on Russia many private companies – such as Apple, Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs, IKEA, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Porsche and Toyota – have left or downsized their operations in Russia. In retaliation, Russia is threatening the intellectual property rights of businesses associated with sanctioning countries, which they call “unfriendly” countries. On March […]

Governance Tokens in Web3 and the Commodification of Control

Hi all,  I came across this article from WIRED which discusses the use of governance tokens in web3 as a means of democratizing moderation and providing users more control over platforms. However, the article also highlights that since governance tokens are typically dispersed based on how much money users have invested in a platform, the […]

Link to Podcast for Today’s Group Presentation on Disinformation

If at all possible please listen in advance…Click on the image to get to the podcast. Thanks, Jon

Influencers could soon have to admit if their body’s been retouched

Hey everyone, I came across this interesting news out of the UK House of Commons that I thought is relevant to this course. In January of this year, MP Luke Evans proposed the Digitally Altered Body Image Bill, which calls on social media influencers and brands to disclose any digital alterations in photos that they […]

Update on Facebook’s Potential GDPR Compliance Issues

Hi everyone, Hope all of your exam seasons are going well so far! Found an article (link at the bottom) that details some of the recent news concerning the latest Facebook data breach from a couple weeks ago , and more specifically how it relates to the company’s GDPR (non) compliance. While the breach occurred […]