Ctrl-Alt-Speech

Mike Masnick & Ben Whitelaw

Ctrl-Alt-Speech is a weekly news podcast co-created by Techdirt’s Mike Masnick and Everything in Moderation’s Ben Whitelaw. Each episode looks at the latest news in online speech, covering issues regarding trust & safety, content moderation, regulation, court rulings, new services & technology, and more.

The podcast regularly features expert guests with experience in the trust & safety/online speech worlds, discussing the ins and outs of the news that week and what it may mean for the industry. Each episode takes a deep dive into one or two key stories, and includes a quicker roundup of other important news. It's a must-listen for trust & safety professionals, and anyone interested in issues surrounding online speech.

If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring Ctrl-Alt-Speech and joining us for a sponsored interview, visit ctrlaltspeech.com for more information.

Ctrl-Alt-Speech is produced with financial support from the Future of Online Trust & Safety Fund, a fiscally-sponsored multi-donor fund at Global Impact that supports charitable activities to build a more robust, capable, and inclusive Trust and Safety ecosystem and field.

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Episodes

Deepfake It Till You Make It
6d ago
Deepfake It Till You Make It
In this week's round-up of the latest news in online speech, content moderation and internet regulation, Mike and Ben cover:Meta and Coinbase link up with Match to fight pig-butchering, romance scams (Fortune)Indian Voters Are Being Bombarded With Millions of Deepfakes. Political Candidates Approve (Wired)Meta says AI-generated election content is not happening at a “systemic level” (MIT Technology Review)How Bluesky is thinking about spam (Bluesky)French TikTok block in overseas territory sets ‘dangerous precedent,’ critics warn (Politico)How a Chinese Influence Operation Is Targeting Pro-Trump Communities Online (Lawfare)X CEO Linda Yaccarino accuses Australia of ‘overreach’ after judge lifts ban on stabbing video (CNBC)This episode is brought to you with financial support from the Future of Online Trust & Safety Fund, and by our sponsor TaskUs, a leading company in the trust and safety field providing a range of platform integrity and digital safety solutions. In our Bonus Chat at the end of the episode, TaskUs SVP of Global Offerings Phil Tomlinson tells us about his time at the Trust and Safety Professional Association summit in Dublin, his key takeaways from the event, and the trust and safety lessons learned from well-designed conference lanyards. Ctrl-Alt-Speech is a weekly podcast from Techdirt and Everything in Moderation. Send us your feedback at podcast@ctrlaltspeech.com and sponsorship enquiries to sponsorship@ctrlaltspeech.com. Thanks for listening.
Do You Really Want the Government in Your DMs?
May 17 2024
Do You Really Want the Government in Your DMs?
In this week's round-up of the latest news in online speech, content moderation and internet regulation, Mike and Ben cover:Commission opens formal proceedings against Meta under the Digital Services Act related to the protection of minors on Facebook and Instagram (European Commission)Meta, TikTok, other platforms told to expect EU guidelines soon on child protection, age verification (MLex)Got a text that you think is a scam? S’pore’s new centre to fight online harms can help verify it (Straits Times)Bipartisan Bill To Repeal Section 230 Defended In Facts-Optional Op-Ed (Techdirt)Indian journalists turned to YouTube to dodge Modi’s censorship. Some of their channels are now being blocked (Reuters Institute for Journalism)She was accused of faking an incriminating video of teenage cheerleaders. She was arrested, outcast and condemned. The problem? Nothing was fake after all (The Guardian)Commission services sign administrative arrangement with Ofcom to support the enforcement of social media regulations (Pub Affairs Bruxelles)Singapore’s proposed online safety laws look like more censorship in disguise (Rest of World)This episode is brought to you with financial support from the Future of Online Trust & Safety Fund. Ctrl-Alt-Speech is a weekly podcast from Techdirt and Everything in Moderation. Send us your feedback at podcast@ctrlaltspeech.com and sponsorship enquiries to sponsorship@ctrlaltspeech.com. Thanks for listening.
Are Platforms Ready for Elections?
Apr 5 2024
Are Platforms Ready for Elections?
In this week's round-up of the latest news in online speech, content moderation, and internet regulation, Mike and Ben cover: Elon Musk's X appoints new safety chiefs as it seeks to rebuild ads business (Fortune)X’s ‘complimentary’ Premium push gives people blue checks they didn’t ask for (The Verge)Mozilla Research: Platforms’ Election Interventions in the Global Majority Are Ineffective (Mozilla)Implementing the Online Safety Act: Additional duties for ‘categorised’ online services (Ofcom)Social networks could quit Britain under online safety laws, Reddit claims (The Telegraph)Patreon is taking Reddit’s approach to content moderation (The Verge)Facebook has blocked Kansas Reflector (Kansas Reflector) The episode is brought to you with financial support from the Future of Online Trust & Safety Fund, and by our launch sponsor Modulate, the prosocial voice technology company making online spaces safer and more inclusive. In our Bonus Chat at the end of the episode, Modulate's Director of Marketing Mark Nolan chats with Mike about the the recent launch of the Gaming Safety Coalition, why its important for Modulate to work with other companies to create stronger gaming environments and the importance of a hybrid approach to T&S.       Ctrl-Alt-Speech is a weekly podcast from Techdirt and Everything in Moderation. Send us your feedback at podcast@ctrlaltspeech.com and sponsorship enquiries to sponsorship@ctrlaltspeech.com. Thanks for listening.