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Apr 30, 2019

 

 

 

Bio

 

Jelani Anglin is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Good Call. Good Call’s mission is to ensure that anyone who is arrested will have immediate access to a lawyer via its hotline 833-3-Goodcall. Jelani  is a community organizer and serial entrepreneur. During High School, Jelani started his first online business, for which he was awarded the NYS FBLA Business Plan of the Year award, and was featured on national TV. Prior to founding Good Call, Jelani worked on a variety of issue-based and electoral campaigns, in addition to being a community organizer at AirBnb. Growing up in Far Rockaway, NY, and organizing in low-income communities across the east coast, Jelani experienced firsthand the pitfalls that exist for those oppressed by the criminal justice system. He works every day to better communities similar to where he grew up, and hopes his work will be a stepping stone for other young black males. In addition to being Co-executive Director at Good Call, Jelani is an Echoing Green fellow and a Civil Justice Fellow at Blue Ridge Labs.

Resources

 

Good Call

 

Mastery by Robert Greene

 

The 50th Law by Robert Greene

 

News Roundup

 

Twitter, Facebook, and Google dominate the headlines in another week of near chaos as tech and public policy still fail to see eye-to-eye on privacy, hate speech, and workplace issues, and Jelani Anglin is my gust

 

Twitter

 

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Called Rep. Ihan Omar

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called Representative Ihan Omar the same day he met with President Trump, after she started receiving death threats following Trump’s tweet of her giving a speech alongside images from the September 11th terrorist attacks. The Washington Post says he called her to tell her he stood by his company’s position to keep the tweet up because he concluded it didn’t violate Twitter’s rules. He also said that taking it down wouldn’t have done much since the tweet had already been widely shared. Dorey also said the company needed to do a better job monitoring for and removing hate speech and harassment.  At the meeting with Trump, Trump complained to Dorsey that too many of his followers had been removed. But Dorsey reportedly said that it removes followers based on how much spam they tweet and that he also lost a lot of his own followers.

 

 

Twitter won’t ban more hate speech because Republican politicians would be affected

 

So Twitter won’t ban certain hate speech, apparently because certain GOP politicians would also be affected by it. During an all hands meeting someone asked why the company could ban Islamic State propaganda but not white supremacist content. An executive and engineer responded saying societal norms allow some Arabic language to be banned in order to sweep up ISIS tweets, but that societal norms wouldn’t allow sweeping up politicians’ tweets flagged as hate speech.

 

So yeah … Just total armchair policymaking at Twitter. Although, to be fair, Twitter did release a statement saying that this approach did not reflect the real approach at all.

 

But why won’t Twitter take down David Duke, for example? Not even Jack Dorsey knows since, when he was asked at a Ted event to explain, he just punted.

 

In any case, reading all of the news reports it’s clear that Twitter has absolutely no idea what the fuck is going on or how to design algorithms that prevent it from being used as a political propaganda machine. But the company is reportedly working on a way to make the context for political tweets more transparent—whatever the hell that means.

 

And meanwhile, we’re just supposed to sit here and deal with the mass shootings, and deal with the death threats and there’s absolutely not a single mechanism in this democracy that can handle it?

 

Facebook

 

New York AG announces investigation into Facebook’s email sweep

 

Recall that last week we reported that Facebook swept up some 1.5 million user emails to help it build new products and services. Well, users didn’t authorize the use of their emails for that purpose. So New York Attorney General Letitia James is now investigating.

 

Canada promises to sue Facebook for privacy violations

 

The Washington Post reports that up in Canada, regulators are planning to sue Facebook for breaking privacy laws. Canada began an investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal and found that the company’s privacy protections are merely “superficial”.

 

Ireland is also investigating Facebook

 

The Hill reports that Ireland is now also investigating Facebook for exposing the passwords of “hundreds of millions” of users . Ireland’s looking into whether the company violated the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

 

Facebook hires Patriot Act writer as General Counsel

 

Facebook has hired Jennifer Newstead as its new General Counsel. Newstead previously helped draft the Patriot Act under George W. Bush when she was an attorney in the Bush administration. She’d previously worked for OMB, Justice, and the White House. Before she was appointed as Facebook’s GC, she was Trump’s appointed legal adviser at the State Department according to Politico.

 

Look for Facebook’s Q1 earnings report tomorrow (Wed., 5/1)

Facebook is scheduled to report its first quarter earnings tomorrow, Wednesday May 1, so keep an eye out for that.

 

Facebooking while black

 

A report in USA Today discusses how Facebook censors black users from talking about race. So you’re going to want to check that out.

 

Google changes harassment and discrimination reporting protocol

 

Google has changed its reporting and harassment protocol for harassment and discrimination. The change comes after two employees who helped organize the walkout of some 20, 000 other employees in protest of Google’s forced arbitration for such complaints claimed the company retaliated against them. Google will now have a dedicated site where employees can report harassment and discrimination, and the company will also now make arbitration an option for employees. The company has also expanded its annual internal misconduct report to include information about sexual harassment investigations, 

Events

 

Tues., 4/30

           

House Appropriations Committee

Oversight Hearing: 2020 Census Preparation

10:00AM

CAPITOL, H-309

Streaming

 

House Energy and Commerce Committee, Communications & Tech Subcommittee

Hearing on “Legislating to Stop the Onslaught of Annoying Robocalls”

Rayburn, 2123

Streaming

 

Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property

World Intellectual Property Day 2019: The Role of Intellectual Property in Sports and Public Safety

Dirksen, 226

Streaming

  

Wed., 5/1

 

New America

Exploring Online Hate

11:00AM-2:00PM

740 15th St. NW #900

RSVP

 

Senate Judiciary Committee

Hearing on the DOJ’s Investigation of Russian Interference with the 2016 Presidential Election

10:00AM

Dirksen, Rm. 226

Streaming

 

 

Thurs., 5/2

 

Department of Justice

Competition in Television and Digital Advertising Workshop Information (Day 1)

1:30-5:30pm

Liberty Square Building

Anne K. Bingaman Auditorium & Lecture Hall

450 Fifth Street, NW

 

           

Fri., 5/3

 

Department of Justice

Competition in Television and Digital Advertising Workshop Information (Day 2)

9:30am-1:00pm

Liberty Square Building

Anne K. Bingaman Auditorium & Lecture Hall

450 Fifth Street, NW

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