from the excited-to-dig-in dept
So many of the discussions around content moderation have focused on the so-called “edge-providers” (the companies that are more user-facing). We all know the stories about content moderation dealing with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, etc. But for a while now we’ve been concerned about how the debate will play out regarding content moderation at the infrastructure layers — that is the behind-the-scenes providers that people don’t always even know exist. This includes hosting companies, DNS providers, domain registrars, CDNs, broadband providers and many, many more.
So we’re (in the form of our Copia Institute think tank) are excited to be a part of a new grant to research this issue, with a specific focus on how these infrastructure content moderation issues may impact competition, privacy, and liability. We’re planning to do some (virtual, for the time being!) gatherings, and putting together some research about these issues as well.
This is the first time we’ve worked with the Knight Foundation, and we’re excited that they were willing to step up and support such important work.