Top 50 Contributor Posts of 2021

Justin Hendrix / Dec 22, 2021

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In 2021, Tech Policy Press hosted 330 posts from 120 guest contributors, many contributing multiple posts. We are grateful for the effort of so many individuals to share ideas and participate in building this platform.

From Facebook's ongoing crises to AI policy, from police use of technology to the prospects for privacy legislation, from the security of IoT devices to censorship in Kashmir and Sri Lanka, from January 6 and the deplatforming of Donald Trump to the tech bro-led space race, Tech Policy Press contributors advanced our understanding of the issues, ideas and arguments that were at the fore in 2021. Learn more about how to contribute in 2022.

Here is our pick of 50 exemplary contributions on key themes throughout the year:

1. Five Big Problems with Canada's Proposed Regulatory Framework for Harmful Content Online - Daphne Keller

2. Disclosures of NYPD Surveillance Technologies Raise More Questions Than Answers - with Joël Carter

3. Facebook Patent Shows You How You May Be Exploited in the Metaverse - Elinor Carmi

4. Follow the Money: To Rein in Big Tech, Lawmakers Are Right to Focus on Business Models - Ellery Roberts Biddle

5. Fake News, Meet Fake Censorship - Matt Bailey

6. To Make Good Policy on AI, Talk to Social Workers - Desmond Patton, Shana Kleiner & Siva Mathiyazhagan

7. Enrollment Algorithms Are Contributing to the Crises of Higher Education - Alex Engler

8. The Skills Gap in Tech that No One Is Talking About - Mai Sistla

9. Emails Between NYPD and Clearview AI Obtained by FOIL Prompt Questions - with Joël Carter

10. It's Not You Juan, It's Me: How Facebook Takes Over Our Experience - Elinor Carmi

11. Silicon Valley Must Not Silence Kashmir - Ifat Gazia

12. Facebook Is An Ad Tech Company: That's How We Should Regulate It - Nathalie Maréchal

13. Online Wormholes: How Scientific Publishing is Weaponized To Fuel Covid-19 Misinformation - Adi Cohen

14. Social Media Platforms Are Silencing Social Movements - Thusiyan Nandakumar & Amarnath Amarasingam

15. Now What: Fixing Facebook to Protect Us All - Nora Benavidez & Carmen Scurato

16. On the Deplatforming of a Bully In Chief - Sarah T. Roberts

17. Space Cowboys: What Internet History Tells Us About the Inevitable Shortcomings of A Tech Bro Led Space Race - Corinne Cath & Becca Lewis

18. Questions Congress Should Ask the Tech CEOs on Disinformation and Extremism - with Yaël Eisenstat

19. Taking Actions on Dark Patterns - with Caroline Sinders

20. The Need for Race Conscious Tech Policies To Protect Civic Life - Daniel Kreiss, Bridget Barrett & Madhavi Reddi

21. A Post-Mortem on State Privacy Legislation - Joseph Jerome

22. The Internet Beyond Social Media Thought Robber Barons - Richard Reisman

23. Access to Technology in the American Carceral State - Benj Azose

24. Human In the Loop Systems Are No Panacea for AI Accountability - Austin Clyde

25. To Mitigate Disinformation, Think Global And Act Local - Shane Creevy

26. At Democracy Summit, Governments Must Commit To A Tech Policy Agenda Grounded in Human Rights - Alexandra Reeve Givens

27. Google Fiber And Why Monopolies Suck - Samara Trilling

28. Scholars Reckon With Democracy and Social Media - Richard Reisman

29. Why the Instapinions on Finstagate? - José Marichal

30. Against Social Media Moralism - Rachel Griffin

31. Google, Privacy and FLOC: Lamb, or Wolf in Sheep's Clothing? - Gabriel Nicholas

32. Facebook is eager to be the arbiter of truth about itself. The NYU Ad Observer Ban shows us why. - David Carroll

33. The Facebook Oversight Board Is Making Good Decisions, But Does It Matter? - Jillian C. York & Dia Kayyali

34. US Tech Firms Looked the Other Way As Taliban Gained Power - Courtney Radsch

35. Facebook Oversight Board’s haphazard ruling validates need for public social media alternative - Jordan Guiao

36. Twitter's Newsworthiness Standard: What Is It? - Ellen P. Goodman

37. Journalists are exposing Facebook’s problems. We’ll need academics to solve them. - Joe Bak-Coleman

38. To Rein in Big Tech, Focus on Privacy, Antitrust and Real Harms to People - Sara Collins

39. An American In Paris Reflects on Vaccine Passport Apps - Albert Fox Cahn

40. The Federal Government Can Act Now on the Facebook Whistleblower’s Revelations - Karen Kornbluh & Renée DiResta

41. Recommendations to End Virtual Stop and Frisk Policing on Social Media - Kelly Anguiano, Eno Darkwa & Desmond Patton

42. How Secure Is a Smart Baby Monitor? Finding Out Is Far Too Difficult - Nat Meysenburg

43. Facebook's Only Logic Is Its Own Power - Justin Sherman

44. New Technology May Bridge Privacy Debate On Encrypted Messaging - Yiqing Hua

45. Vaccines and the Mediation of Consent - Renée DiResta

46. Deciphering the Encryption Debate - Sofia Lesmes & Kathryn Waldron

47. Fact-Checking Facebook’s Latest Disinformation Campaign - Imran Ahmed

48. 21st Century Snake Oil: The Consequences of Unregulated, Unproven AI - Sara Collins

49. Meta Fires a Warning Shot Against Police Surveillance, But It Must Do More - Rachel Levinson-Waldman & Mary Pat Dwyer

50. Portable Social Media Aren't Like Portable Phone Numbers - Gus Horwitz

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Justin Hendrix
Justin Hendrix is CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press, a new nonprofit media venture concerned with the intersection of technology and democracy. Previously, he was Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. He spent over a decade at The Economist in roles including Vice President, Business Development & ...