May 21, 2018

With the constant flood of headlines about Russian meddling in the U.S. election, many forget that nation-state manipulation of Facebook is a global problem, and a new coalition formed at the annual RightsCon conference in Toronto to keep this issue on Mark Zuckerberg'...

May 14, 2018

"Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman," Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

After the Russian meddling and Cambridge Analytica scandals, Facebook has struggled to assure users that it takes their privacy seriousl...

May 14, 2018

In his essay “It Is the Dark We Have to Fear,” Edward Albee wrote: “People don’t like the light — it reveals too much.”

As true for self-knowledge as for freedom of information, Albee’s observation is particularly urgent today in Turkey, the world’s leading jailer of jo...

February 12, 2018

The Turkish news outlet Artı Gerçek published reporter Esra Tur's interview with me today on threats to press freedom internationally and the experience of covering the case of Reza Zarrab, the gold trader behind a multibillion dollar scheme to launder money to Iran.


February 12, 2018

During my coverage of the case of Reza Zarrab, a gold trader whose arrest created a geopolitical firestorm for U.S.-Turkish relations, I posted these reflections on my Facebook account on Dec. 12, 2017, describing how my coverage resonated in Turkey.

Whether in Washing...

December 12, 2016

Roughly a week ago, the creators of the B.S. Detector app -- a cheeky Google Chrome plug-in that attempts to identify suspicious information floating in Facebook's content streams -- received some tough criticism after their program wrongly labeled legitimate news site...

November 24, 2016

After the New York Times published an extensive, on-the-record, post-election interview with Donald Trump, the president-elect's airbrushers and apologists pushed a narrative that he retreated from his extreme campaign platform. CNN said Trump "has begun moderating som...

November 24, 2016

When President Richard Nixon traveled to China, the Cold War-rapprochement became a symbol for hardliners reaching an accord. In this article for Courthouse News, I report that a Silicon Valley equivalent could occur if Facebook agrees to an invitation that the Society...

November 14, 2016

​​When Facebook first launched, it forced users to register under their real names to "keep our community safe." It urgently needs to adopt routine editorial standards of disclosure for exactly the same reason.

​Cigarettes have warning labels. Most food products come wi...

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