Episode 41

TikTok and App Censorship


September 25th, 2020

50 mins 16 secs

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Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman talk to Kyle Rankin and Petros Koutoupis about TikTok and who controls your phone.


00:00:37 The new contraband - TikTok
00:04:34 Is the US wanting to "play" China and censor?
00:08:19 Will this become an ugly precedent?
00:15:37 We're concerned about the implementation of this ban
00:17:25 The Social Dilemma on Netflix
00:21:11 Your phone is your castle
00:33:10 Defining the harm from mere content
00:44:59 Final thoughts - Portrait mode video
00:48:20 How does a visually impaired person use a phone? See link.

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  • Trump admin orders TikTok, WeChat gone from app stores on Sunday — President Donald Trump signed executive orders banning TikTok and WeChat on August 6. Those orders gave the Department of Commerce a 45-day window to outline what, exactly, a ban would entail. That 45-day period expires on Sunday, September 20, so that is when the bans take effect. Not only will app stores not be allowed to permit new downloads, but Internet hosting services and content delivery network services will also be banned from "enabling the functioning or the optimization" of the apps, and "directly contracted or arranged Internet transit or peering services" will also be prohibited. All platforms will also be prohibited from providing services through WeChat specifically that allow anyone to transfer funds or process payment within the US.
  • Your Phone Is Your Castle — If your home is your physical castle, your phone is your digital castle. More than any other computer, your phone has become the most personal of personal computers and holds the most sensitive digital property a person has
  • The Castle Doctrine — Since you’re reading this online, let me ask, what’s your house here? What sacred space do you strongly guard, and never suffer to be violated with impunity?
  • Video: Voiceover and Braille screen input. — Kristy Viers using voiceover and braille screen input to compose a tweet and show navigation.

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