Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: U.S. Senator Proposes Law To Remove Big Tech’s Legal Immunity Over User Content

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U.S. Senator Josh Hawley, known for his views on holding Big Tech to account, has announced that he is introducing legislation that threatens the business models of leading technology companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter. The proposal would remove the immunity in place under Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. This protects the companies from liability for the content posted by users, essentially a “post-office defense.” To escape the loss of protection, companies will need to “submit to biannual audits to prove their algorithms and content-removal practices are politically neutral.”

Hawley is not the first politician to attack Section 230. Social media has come in for increasing criticism in the last year as the prevalence of terrorist content and hate speech has been exposed by the media. Matters came to a head with the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, which was live streamed on Facebook, leading to a series of admissions by leading social media platforms as to the challenges involved in policing content. Leading politicians including Ted Cruz, Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren have hammered the companies for the content on their sites and the seeming lack of genuine will to solve the problem.

“With Section 230,” Hawley said in a statement, “tech companies get a sweetheart deal that no other industry enjoys – complete exemption from traditional publisher liability in exchange for providing a forum free of political censorship. Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, big tech has failed to hold up its end of the bargain.”

The proposed legislation would see Big Tech “having to prove to the FTC by clear and convincing evidence that their algorithms and content-removal practices are politically neutral,” while “preserving existing immunity for small and medium-sized companies.” The bill would only apply to companies “with more than 30 million active monthly users in the U.S., more than 300 million active monthly users worldwide, or who have more than $500 million in global annual revenue.” Clearly, that would trap all the household names in its net.

The proposed bill promises to trigger a highly emotive debate. One group campaigning against the legislation is Americans for Prosperity, backed by the Koch brothers, which said ahead of Hawley’s announcement that “eroding the crucial protections that exist under Section 230 creates a scenario where the government has the ability to police your speech and determine what you can or cannot say online. Senator Hawley has argued that some tech platforms have become too powerful, but legislation like this would only cement the market dominance of today’s largest firms.”

Hawley has painted himself as one of the leading U.S. advocates for using the law to control Big Tech. In addition to content issues, he has also raised the specter of the U.S. industry’s relationship with China. Earlier this year he publicly lambasted Google for its work with China’s technology industry that indirectly benefited the country’s military, while turning down development contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense. This week he questioned Google’s links to China, asking whether a Google Translate error that favored the authorities instead of the protestors during the Hong Kong demonstrations was deliberate.

“There’s a growing list of evidence that shows big tech companies making editorial decisions to censor viewpoints they disagree with,” Hawley said. “Even worse, the entire process is shrouded in secrecy because these companies refuse to make their protocols public. This legislation simply states that if the tech giants want to keep their government-granted immunity, they must bring transparency and accountability to their editorial processes and prove that they don’t discriminate.”

Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠


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Every once in a while, a cookbook comes around that changes the way you think about cooking. The Nimble Cook: New Strategies for Great Meals That Make the Most of Your Ingredients by Brooklyn chef and Purple Kale Kitchenworks founder Ronna Welsh is this kind of book. Her style of cooking is reminiscent of Alice Waters in its emphasis upon considering the best possible ingredients first and then building a meal around them. But when it comes to process, Welsh is like the Elizabeth Warren of the culinary arts. Just as Warren has laid out her policies so that one neatly reinforces and pays for the other, Welsh divides each recipe into first a basic recipe (what she calls a “starting point”) followed by variations, or “explorations” to try. It’s a very nerdy cookbook, in other words, in which Welsh provides a plan for nearly every vegetable, herb, protein and condiment in your kitchen.

Always throwing away half-bunches of herbs? Welsh has a plan for that, in the form of a Many-Herb salad. Not sure what to do with the green ends of leeks besides maybe saving them in the freezer for that stock you will never actually make? Welsh has a plan for that too, in the form of dill-and-leek-greens pesto or creamed leek greens. What on earth would you do with rhubarb if you don’t bake pies? Make a compote, add it to lemonade and put it in sangria! Reducing food waste, an issue we’ve covered previously, isn’t Welsh’s main preoccupation, but it’s certainly a side benefit of her cooking style and methods. In the course of reviewing her cookbook, I became innately aware of all that I was throwing away and that with a little effort, I could make my ingredients go further. On a whim, I saved the stalks of a fennel bulb I’d sliced for a salad, believing she would surely have some use for that, perhaps as a pickle. (She provides pickle recipes for everything, from watermelon rinds to parsley. That’s right, parsley—told you this was a nerdy cookbook.) And lo and behold, she provided a second life for those stalks and fronds, as a fennel simple syrup I could use in a gin cocktail or lemonade.

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The book itself is beautiful, with dreamy illustrations by Diana Vassar, and the recipes are iron-clad. It feels as though they were all well-tested and edited, a painstaking process that too many cookbooks skip. Sometimes I felt Welsh’s choice of seasonings were too subtle—that a base recipe like the braised lamb shanks really needed its variations (atop flatbread, for instance, with cumin, lime and yogurt) to shine as a standalone dish. But I could simply tinker to my taste, and in truth, I’ve only worked through a fraction of the book. Its overall message is far more important ultimately: Be methodical so that you can be versatile. It’s the same lesson, more or less, that I learned in the cooking class I took with Welsh in her apartment years ago, before she opened her cooking school, Purple Kale Kitchenworks, in Industry City. The theme was “Secrets of a Well-Stocked Fridge,” and it boiled down to a very simple practice: Take the time, say on a Sunday, to prep the foods you will eat all week long. I do this when I can, and don’t feel bad when I don’t. Life is short and you can’t cook everything from scratch with a mise en place straight out of a professional kitchen. But when the opportunity presents itself, it is worth spending time with The Nimble Cook. You’ll become one, I assure you.

Recipes: Tomato Confit and Seared Scallops with Lemongrass-Tomato Confit

 

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