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Fixing Social Media and the Monkeypox Vaccine in the United States

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We all want to be able to speak our minds online. I want my friend to listen and I want my opponent to speak (answer). At the same time, I don’t want to expose myself to inappropriate or cross-line remarks. Tech companies set free speech standards, a practice protected by federal law, and hire in-house moderators to examine individual content and remove posts if they violate predefined rules. We address this conundrum by doing so.

There is clearly a problem with this approach. Harassment, misinformation on topics such as public health, and false representations of legitimate elections are rife. But even if content moderation were fully implemented, it would miss many issues that are often portrayed as moderation issues, but aren’t really. New strategies are needed to address these issues. Treat social media companies as potential polluters of the social fabric and directly measure and mitigate the impact of their choices on the population. Read full text.

It is by Nathaniel Rubin, Fellow of the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Institute of Technology and former director of the White House Office of Digital Strategy under President Barack Obama, and Thomas Krendle Gilbert, postdoctoral fellow at Cornell Institute of Technology.

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I’ve combed through the internet to find today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 US trying to make limited monkeypox vaccine last longer
Just inject one-fifth the usual amount. (NYT$)
+ A Danish company that makes a monkeypox vaccine won’t ramp up production until 2023. (wired $)
+ Intellectual property rights are a major obstacle to wider access. (slate)
+ Everything You Need to Know About the Monkeypox Vaccine(MIT Technology Review)

2 We need a better way to report large-scale cyberattacks
Private security firms are in favor of a new US federal agency initiative. (protocol)
+ Chinese-backed spies hacked into European military and government agencies. (Register)

3 Silicon Valley Enters the Weapons Business
Rising geopolitical tensions mean more sales opportunities. (Economist $)
+ Why military AI startup business is booming(MIT Technology Review)

4 Crypto Mixing Service Licensed by US
About its role in enabling the laundering of billions of dollars worth of cryptocurrencies. (Tech Crunch)
+ The US fight to regulate crypto is intensifying. (wired $)
+ Many celebrities have been wrapped up for not disclosing their crypto connections. (buzzfeed news)

5 Game-loving children in China are targeted by scammers
Scammers promise extra hours of gaming in exchange for money. (Register)

6 YouTube is too big for Russia to block
But its closest competitor, RuTube, is fiercely catching up. (WSJ$)
+ How Russia took control of the Ukrainian Internet. (NYT$)

7 skin cancers in black patients go undiagnosed
A catalog looking at how the disease manifests itself on different skin tones may aid in diagnosis. (Under Dark)
+ Doctors using AI find breast cancer more often than either does alone. (MIT Technology Review)

8 bitter lawsuit tearing apart the flying car industry
One of the richest companies has accused another of stealing trade secrets. (fast company $)
+ Meanwhile, a jet train hybrid is under development in Canada. (reverse)

9 Facebook Chatbots Are Not Fans Of Their Own Manufacturers
This is a little tricky. (motherboard)
+ Meta-owned WhatsApp allows you to leave groups unnoticed. (guardian)

10 Who is the money content industry for? 💸
A lot of that advice doesn’t make sense to people who don’t have money. (new politician $)
+ Risks and rewards of paying off student debt on blockchain(MIT Technology Review)

quote of the day

“When I was making big profits, I was a little bit insane, and when I look back now, I feel so ashamed and frustrated.”