Should Judges be Allowed to Block Followers on Twitter?

Many new judicial appointments are former lawyers with active social media accounts, including Twitter. Assuming that judges should be allowed to use Twitter, what are the rules? The National Judicial College posted useful rules here. The recommendations include: not engaging in ex party communications, not giving legal advice, not conducting independent judicial investigations, and not … Continue reading Should Judges be Allowed to Block Followers on Twitter?

Less is More? Digital Expression in the Digital Age

  Should judges only speak through their judgments? Does silence truly enhance the public’s perception of the judiciary? In “Revisiting the Limits on Judicial Expression in the Digital Age: Striving Towards Proportionally in the Cyberintimidation Context” Karen Eltis and Yigal Mersel explore these issues. Despite the various arguments against expression, they argue that the digital … Continue reading Less is More? Digital Expression in the Digital Age

Weaponized Social Media

In the article, “Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media” by Carole Cadwalladr, Cadwalladr discusses the power of social media. For example, Facebook can be used to predict a person’s personality. This is done by measuring 150 “likes”. “[W]ith knowledge of 150 likes, their model could predict someone’s personality better than … Continue reading Weaponized Social Media

Digital Media at the Crossroads

(Speaker- Keith Rose) Over the weekend I attended the conference Digital Media at the Crossroads: A Conference on the Future of Content in Digital Media. At the conference, Astra Taylor (author and documentary filmmaker, and activist) argued that when it comes to the media, we are in a rearrangement not a revolution. She asserted that we … Continue reading Digital Media at the Crossroads