The First Amendment and Platform Content Moderation: The Supreme Court’s ‘Moody’ Decision

Moody v NetChoice is an important new entry into the century-long debate over how new technology affects legal standards protecting free speech. It was decided July 1, 2024. The case began in 2021 when state legislatures in Florida and Texas, both dominated by conservative Republicans, passed laws regulating large social...

In Victory for Free Expression Online, ICANN Refuses to Enforce “Registry Voluntary Commitments”

At ICANN's 80th meeting, underway this week in Kigali, Rwanda, the board finally killed off an attempt by a few applicants for new Top Level Domains to use domain name registry contracts to regulate website content. Board director Becky Burr said that after consulting its lawyers, the ICANN board has...

The Traditional Media’s Role in Sculpting “Truth”: the Originator Profile and Unfair Election Reports

As the global community grapples with various mis/disinformation laws, regulatory frameworks, community standards, and other governance efforts put forward by states, social media companies, and academia, the pivotal role of traditional media and journalists often slips under the radar. The article discusses information integrity efforts in East Asia, including digital...

Yes, it’s a Ban – The Real Story Behind the New TikTok Law

The US Government is seeking new authorities to ban TikTok as a national security threat. If it sounds like deja vu, that’s because it is. In the year and three months since our study debunking the claims that TikTok is a national security threat, no new evidence or arguments have...

Unpacking India’s New AI Advisory

India's government is intensifying its scrutiny of foreign tech companies ahead of national elections.  A recent directive from India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) mandates explicit government permission for deploying “under-tested” or “unreliable” AI models and software for Indian users. The advisory requires AI systems to be labeled...

Public and Private Power in Internet Content Regulation: ICANN and Registry “Voluntary” Commitments

Is censorship something that only happens when state actors do it, or can private actors engage in it as well? That crucial Internet governance debate is taking place in two venues: The U.S. Supreme Court, which will rule on two state laws that try to regulate the way platforms moderate...

U.S., Japan, So Korea MoUs on Content Governance

On December 6th, the United States and Japan formalized their commitment to collaboratively address foreign information manipulation by signing a memorandum of cooperation. The Department of State further disclosed that a similar memorandum with the same objectives is imminent with South Korea. While specific nations were not explicitly identified as...

Withdrawal from Christchurch Call Advisory Network (CCAN)

With this statement, Georgia Tech's Internet Governance Project is announcing its withdrawal from the Christchurch Call Advisory Network. The Christchurch Call was launched by New Zealand’s Prime Minister after a terrorist gunman attacked two mosques in Christchurch, NZ on March 15, 2019. Its goal is to limit the dissemination of...

Social Media and Influence Operations in Türkiye’s Recent Election

In May 2023, presidential and parliamentary elections took place in Türkiye, which constituted an important step in the process of democratization. On May 14, 2023, the first round of the elections failed to secure a majority for the presidency, but the parliamentary elections were completed and the majority in the...