I had taken the spring semester off class, so I was on “summer break” throughout 2020. That pause is over now; I'm already a week and a half in the semester. I have completed numerous projects since the pandemic (which I date as March 10th when I took my last plane flight), some of which I haven't announced here yet. So this post is going to sum up what I was doing and what you might have missed.
- Full update of my overview of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) (on the way to my most downloaded SSRN post of all time)
- Published the Copyright Memory Hole in BYU Law Review (co-authored with Jessica Silbey). This project took over 4 years! The article examines the interface between copyright and data protection / reputational law and shows how data protection and reputational motives can lead some people to arm copyright law for antisocial purposes.
- Publication of white paper on Online Damage in the UK and the Wired Future of the Internet in the Ohio State Technology Law Journal. This short piece is a central piece in my scholarship. It describes what happens when Web 2.0 (the era of UGC) collapses – a practically certain result at that point in time – and is eclipsed by Web 3.0, which will be very similar to Netflix or the cable industry.
- Publishes how Section 230 amends the first amendment as the American Constitution Society (ACS) Issue Brief. This is an updated, expanded, and reorganized version of last year's article, "Why Section 230 is Better Than the First Amendment", which explains how Section 230 provides important material and procedural advantages that the first amendment does not.
- Publication of a chapter with a (relatively) succinct overview of Section 230 in a 2020 book, The Oxford Handbook of Online Intermediary Liability.
- My 2018 essay, the first amendment to protect Google and Facebook of course (and it's not a close question), was republished in a 2020 book, The Perilous Public Square.
- Published Americans would likely love Section 230 – if they understood it as part of a report produced by the Knight Foundation and Gallup.
Policy-related blog posts
I usually do around 125 blog posts a year. So far this year, Venkat and I and guest bloggers have published over so many posts. So it was a high volume year for blogging. Of these posts, I highlight the policy-related posts as they are longer and take a lot more time to write than my typical posts:
I'm listing the word count in part because the writing of each and every one of these words was 100% joyless for each of these posts.
Plus two pre-shutdown options that I didn't mention before on the blog: