54 - The Return of Jack Balkin: Social Media Regulation & Responsibility
Politics: Meet Me in the Middle
What is the responsibility of social media outlets like Facebook, YouTube, Google, and Twitter in a healthy society? In a time where anyone - including radicals and even politicians - can use 'shock jock' outrageous methods to influence and mobilize huge audiences, to promote violence, and ruin people's lives, how can we get a handle on it? Renown Yale Law Professor and author, Jack Balkin, returns for a discussion with hosts Bill Curtis and member of the Supreme Court Bar, Jane Albrecht, about the Constitution, social media responsibility, advertising dollars, and how Facebook is damaging our world: politically and socially. Episode Timestamps: 2:12 Why does Facebook get a free pass but, broadcast TV is regulated by the government. The history of The Telecom Act. 3:23 Did the government promote the internet? 3:55 The idea of network effects 4:23 We are the content producers and the lack of editing 5:03 Rules and regulations of the FCC / Broadcast VS Internet 5:47 Sec 230 Communication Decency Act 7:03 The Digital megaphone and how internet helps promote radicalization 7:32 Digital Terrorism and organization 8:23 Twitter, and Google: Surveillance Companies 8:37 These free companies online monetize their data and experiments on users - 11:10 The two faces of Facebook and the culture of working for them. Social media Culture in general and their business model / The Power of Facebook 2:03 Will the US go the way of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) (FB AD) - 14:13 Regulating business for social responsibility 15:44 How to regulate private business to be socially responsible 15:51 Why give people a platform if BAD ACTORS will also have a platform. 21:13 How to change the policy / The Balkin Plan 23:50 Limiting monizitation 26:45 Free Speech and wrapping up the topic 28:30 The 800 Pound Gorilla known as Trump 31:14 If the USA ran its own Social Media Company 33:29 Final question: All social media uses should be qualified as real people ---------------------- Learn More: Politics: Meet Me in the Middle Follow Us on Twitter: @politicsMMITM Hosted by: Bill Curtis and Jane Albrecht Edited and Sound Engineering by: Joey Salvia Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick A CurtCo Media ProductionSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
53 - The Cycles of Constitutional Time with Jack Balkin
Politics: Meet Me in the Middle
"American democracy has weathered these cycles before, and we'll get through them again." - Jack Balkin Politics: Meet Me in the Middle is back for 2021: a new administration, another impeachment, and the same old politics. Legal scholar, Yale Law Professor, and author, Jack Balkin, joins Bill Curtis, Jane Albrecht and Professor Ed Larson for a discussion about the constitution, political polarization, impeachment, and The Cycles of Constitutional Time, to explain, and help us weather, this waxing and waning of political polarization. 3:26 Why Jack wrote The Cycles of Constitutional Time 4:19 Jack explains how we got here, politically. 4:53: The shifts between political parties over time. 6:18: What causes a party to die-off 6:52: Republicans are in the middle of a civil war 7:27: Political Polarization’s history 9:09: What is constitutional rot? 10:02: The Rough Framework or Outline of the Constitution 11:50: Checks and Balances 14:30: Political reform and renewal of party 16:04: What is constitutional time and outlining the cycles? 18:16: How are party coalitions the victim of their own success? 19:00- The Great depression 19:20- The impact of the media “Yesterday and Today” 20:30: 1930’s newspaper & radio polarization 22:20: The Gilded Age 23:30: A second progressive era and the insurrection 24:23: The issues of impeachment 25:40: 14th amendment Section 3 27:13: Republicans will not behave 29:45: Believing the election was stolen is political rot 31:00: What did the mob want with the Capitol? 32:00: Lunatic Fringe (radical and lunatics) ---------------------- Learn More: Politics: Meet Me in the Middle Follow Us on Twitter: @politicsMMITM Hosted by: Bill Curtis, Ed Larson and Jane Albrecht Produced by: AJ Moseley Edited and Sound Engineering by: Joey Salvia Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick A CurtCo Media ProductionSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
#211: How Strong is American Polity? (Jack Balkin)
Politics and Polls
Presidents have a unique way of shaping polity, though government strength is also tested in other ways. Party polarization, money in politics, economic inequality, and other forces have all hindered the ability to govern. American legal scholar Jack Balkin joins Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang in this week's episode to help walk through these “constitutional cycles.” He explains how the rise and fall of parties, polarization and de-polarization, as well as episodes of "republic decay" and renewal have all shaped American polity over time. These are all subjects in his latest book: “The Cycles of Constitutional Time.” Balkin is Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. He is the founder and director of Yale’s Information Society Project, an interdisciplinary center that studies law and new information technologies. He also directs the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Knight Law and Media Program at Yale. *This episode was recorded in September 2020.
Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and Information Fiduciaries with Jack Balkin and Kamel Ajii
Tech Empire with Michael Kwet
This episode discusses the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica election fiasco, and what we can do about it. How should Big Tech companies be regulated? In a world of big data, how can we protect people's sensitive information? Professor Jack Balkin, founder and director of Yale's Information Society Project, joins us to answer these questions and discuss his proposal to regulate companies as "Information Fiduciaries". Also joining us is Kamel Ajii, a PhD student at Paris 2 University (France) and the founder of 21 Mirrors, a digital technology ratings agency.