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New Site Tracks Social Media Content Takedowns

By The Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Visualizing Impact launched last week, a new platform to document the who, what, and why of content takedowns on social media sites. The project, made possible by a 2014 Knight News Challenge award, will address how social media sites moderate user-generated content and how free expression is affected across the globe.

Controversies over content takedowns seem to bubble up every few weeks, with users complaining about censorship of political speech, nudity, LGBT content, and many other subjects. The passionate debate about these takedowns reveals a larger issue: social media sites have an enormous impact on the public sphere, but are ultimately privately owned companies. Each corporation has their own rules and systems of governance that control users' content, while providing little transparency about how these decisions are made.

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Posted on November 26, 2015

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
Chicago Blog Review

Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

New Site Tracks Social Media Content Takedowns

By The Electronic Frontier Foundation
Will also collect users' stories.

Posted on November 26, 2015

Local Book Notes: Rahm's Struggles In The Global City, A New Deal For Bronzeville & The Unequal City

Plus: The Smut Peddler Who Was Too Real For The Art Institute
And: Album reviews in comic book form.

Posted on November 20, 2015

Pop-Up Bookstore Report!

By The Society of Midland Authors and the Hideout
Free hot cider.

Posted on November 19, 2015

Terror In Paris And Beirut: An ISIS Reading Guide

By Adam Harris/ProPublica
Some of the best reporting on the origins of ISIS, their role in the Syrian civil war, and ties to terrorist attacks across the world.

Posted on November 17, 2015

About ISIS

By Steve Rhodes
A catch-all for terror with a familiar hidden hand.

Posted on November 16, 2015

Local Book Notes: Frogs And Snails And Mobster Tales

Plus: The Absurdity Of USA-1000
And: The musical and bleak Errata.

Posted on November 11, 2015

MUSIC - The Week In Chicago Rock.
TV - Have Balls; Tell Truth.
POLITICS - Where's Rahm?
SPORTS - Beachwood Sports Radio: Bears Beat Starr, Favre, Rodgers.

BOOKS - New Site Tracks Online Censorship.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Stinky Seaweed Spurs Invention.

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