Mark MacCarthy

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Mark MacCarthy is a Senior Fellow and adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, where he teaches courses in information privacy and tech policy in the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program. Previously, Mark was Senior Vice President for Public Policy at the Software & Information Industry Association, the principal association for the software and digital content industries, where he directed a broad range of public policy initiatives, including in the areas of intellectual property, information privacy, economic growth, cybersecurity, cloud computing, international trade and the promotion of educational technology.

MacCarthy regularly speaks and writes on topics of software and data. He has served as a consultant on technology policy issues for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and for the Aspen Institute. MacCarthy holds a Ph.D in philosophy from Indiana University and an MA in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

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What’s next for content moderation?

Social media companies shouldn’t censor campaign ads from legitimate political candidates

Social media companies shouldn’t censor campaign ads from legitimate political candidates

Congress needs to extend the old broadcasting rules against media control of candidate messages to cover cable and social media.

Digital platforms are under attack

Digital platforms are under attack

The state AGs’ new antitrust investigation and California’s new independent contractor law both target digital platforms. Ironically, that could be their defense too.

Should social media delete “provably false” stories?

Should social media delete “provably false” stories?

It’s a dangerous standard that misses the real challenges facing digital platforms.

Transparency is the way forward to assess political bias on social media

Transparency is the way forward to assess political bias on social media

It’s the best response to charges of bias from China and across the political spectrum.

Policy challenges will inhibit 5G growth If they are not properly addressed

Policy challenges will inhibit 5G growth If they are not properly addressed

Policymakers need to look beyond spectrum and international competition with China to threats to safety, security, privacy and competition.

Antitrust enforcers can think of privacy as a parameter of competition

Antitrust enforcers can think of privacy as a parameter of competition

But it is not likely to improve privacy protection very much.

The challenge of balanced content moderation

The challenge of balanced content moderation

Digital platforms have to ban the bad stuff and promote diverse political perspectives.

Facebook embraces content moderation regulation…or does it?

Facebook embraces content moderation regulation…or does it?

The company’s stance suggests a sensible alternative to government censorship.

The drum beat continues for regulating the content moderation practices of digital platforms

The drum beat continues for regulating the content moderation practices of digital platforms

New transatlantic initiatives focus on an increased government role.

It’s time to think seriously about regulating platform content moderation practices

It’s time to think seriously about regulating platform content moderation practices

A sensible regulatory regime can discourage harmful content and still protect free speech.

We can’t hide from digital sleuths anymore

We can’t hide from digital sleuths anymore

But privacy law can protect us from harm.

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