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We should take a collective deep breath before proposing tech‐​related legislation in the wake of a mass shooting.

Hosts
Paul Matzko
Tech & Innovation Editor
Guests

Matthew Feeney is the director of Cato’s Project on Emerging Technologies, where he works on issues concerning the intersection of new technologies and civil liberties. . Before coming to Cato, Matthew worked at Reason magazine as assistant editor of Rea​son​.com. He has also worked at The American Conservative, the Liberal Democrats, and the Institute of Economic Affairs. Matthew is a dual British/​American citizen and received both his B.A and M.A in philosophy from the University of Reading in England.

The fact of the Christchurch shooting is, unfortunately, unsurprising given the global rise of political extremism and ethno‐​nationalism. But it anticipates the future in that it was the first ever livestreamed mass shooting; given that mass shooters are hungry for attention, it’s almost certain to become a trend. But that raises questions about the complicity of social media in livestreamed atrocities. Matthew, Paul, and guest Caleb Watney discuss first of all whether there are technological solutions to livestreamed terrorism and, second, whether the rush to regulate technology in the aftermath of these horrific moments could do more harm than good.

How did Facebook respond to the shooting as it was being livestreamed? How many people saw the horrific footage before it was taken down? What are digital hashes? Should machine learning be responsible for content moderation? What is the distinction between public and private content censorship? Does the media give too much fame to mass shooters?

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