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“A Tale of Both Human and Artificial Stupidity”

Scrivner's Error logoIf you are the sort of person who thinks that platform censorship–that is censorship by platforms/intermediaries as apposed to government censorship of platforms/intermediaries–is something to get worked up about, then you likely will get worked up about C.E. Petit’s experience with having Google temporarily flag some of his blog posts as unfit for the unwarned for what seem to be genuinely idiotic reasons. He certainly did.

The estimable Petit was not in fact actually censored, nor exactly were the search results. Rather, Google-users’ access to three quite ancient blog posts at Scrivener’s Error were put behind a warning screen for about half a day before the warnings got turned off.  So it was three blog posts, from 14 years ago, that had user access complicated but not removed, for about 12 hours.

If, like me, you are the sort of person who thinks that government censorship is a much bigger deal, then you may want to visit Scrivener’s Error’s description of the ham-handed incident just for the invective.

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Grey Lady No More

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“In the end, it will be a race between a tough, smart lady and someone who is obviously a yuge, um, Antonin Scalia School of Law.”

Krugman in his NYT blog.

Leave aside the question of whether Krugman should have written that line.  Would the Times of even five years ago have printed it? Actually, I suppose some might argue that they haven’t printed it, since it’s ‘just’ in a blog. Not that I see the distinction.

(Title explainer for those who need it.)

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Good Karma, Bad Karma

I’m busy. Read Grimmelmann and Grossman…and of the Karma Police.

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Interview About Jotwell

The Scholastica Blog interviewed me about Jotwell.

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Guest Post at The Volokh Conspiracy

See Self-defense against overflying drones (with Zak Colangelo). It’s a quick summary of some of the arguments in our (draft) paper on Self-Defense Against Robots.

I wonder–am I the most liberal guest-poster ever at Volokh’s blog? Must surely be in the top five at least.

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SFDB Calls Time Out

Over at South Florida Daily Blog, Rick says it is Closing Time for his local blog aggregator and regional lens.

This is a shame — SFDB was a great asset to the South Florida blogging community of which I am only a very peripheral part. But I’m sure it was an awful lot of work, and he sounds if not burnt out then at least a little toasty.

I’ll miss SFDB. Only consolation is that Rick hung up on a a really successful local blog once before, then come back for a great second act. So can we hope for a third?

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