Monday, June 20, 2022

Cited in FTC Report to Congress on Combatting Online Harms

A new major Federal Trade Commission Report to Congress, Combatting Online Harms Through Innovation, offers an outstanding review of the state of thinking about this urgent topic that has been a focus of my work.

It was especially pleasing to see that it cited one of my essays in Tech Policy PressProgress Toward Re-Architecting Social Media to Serve Society, in a section of recommendations focused on "User Tools" that delegate more control over what we see on social media to be set by individual users -- and independent services that are chosen by users to serve them as their agents -- rather than unilaterally by the platforms. It also referred to the conference with leading thinkers on the pros and cons of such tools that I helped organize and moderate for Tech Policy Press.

I especially recommend reading the Introduction, the section on Platform AI Interventions (which also looks beyond simplistic and inadequate remedies of moderation-as-removal), and the one on User Tools.

Thursday, June 02, 2022

Reisman Appointed as Nonresident Senior Fellow at Lincoln Network

I am very pleased to be appointed as a nonresident senior fellow at Lincoln Network.

Lincoln Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2014 with a mission to help bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and DC, advancing a more perfect union between technology and the American republic. We believe in a world of free people and competitive markets, and that fostering a robust innovation ecosystem is crucial to creating a better, freer, and more abundant future.

...With a cross-partisan portfolio of issues and staff from diverse backgrounds in technology and policy located on both coasts, we have built expansive networks across different sectors and ideological lines.

My interests in social media (in the broadest, forward-looking sense) seem to be in particular alignment with those expressed in this piece by Lincoln Network Executive Director Zach Graves, with the tagline that "Interoperability and open protocols can solve many of the problems of centralized cyber power without a heavy regulatory hand," and also noting that "achieving (optimal) interoperability may sometimes require government action to address coordination problems, misaligned incentives, or overcome existing regulatory barriers."