Mark Zuckerberg survived Congress. Now Facebook has to survive the FTC

Christopher Hoofnagle quoted by TIME, April 12, 2018

“The best the FTC can do is ‘fence in’ Facebook’s behavior to curb how misleading and surprising the company’s information sharing is,” explains Berkeley Law Professor Chris Hoofnagle. … “Facebook will survive any assault by the FTC,” he writes in an email, “because there is no substitute for consumers to go to.”

Facebook should be a nonprofit

Ann Ravel quoted by Bloomberg, April 11, 2018

Ann Ravel … said a company like Facebook could convert to nonprofit status by buying out shareholders and complying with the IRS requirements for 501(c)(3) organizations.

Amid scandals, Pruitt puts the brakes on auto regulation

Ethan Elkind interviewed by The Real News Network, April 11, 2018

“By trying to roll the standards back at the federal level definitely I think will hurt our long term competitiveness. And there’s no question that in terms of our climate change goals, transportation is the single biggest emitter in the United States. … So it’s a big setback in terms of our competitiveness here and also in terms of tackling climate change.”

Experts say DOJ brief in admissions suit will have little impact

David B. Oppenheimer quoted by The Harvard Crimson, April 10, 2018

Oppenheimer speculated the court may give less weight to input from the Justice Department under the Trump administration than courts traditionally have during previous administrations. He said the court may be “more skeptical” of what he called a “very political filing,” despite the fact the department has historically wielded significant influence over matters of civil rights.

How do you solve a problem like Facebook?

Christopher Hoofnagle quoted by California Magazine, April 10, 2018

“This is the way that Facebook and Google sell your data. [They] reward developers for working on their platforms by making personal data available—often much more data than are needed for the API, extension, or application functionality. When [social platforms] make your data available to developers, it is a transfer of value.”

Flavors of public speaking: What’s on the menu for your speech?

Olga V. Mack writes for Above the Law, April 9, 2018

For every speaking event you participate in, it can be helpful to focus on the “flavor” of public speaking you are engaging in that day. By taking the time to focus on your purpose and style as a speaker, you will be more in tune with yourself as a speaker. This valuable self-feedback can help you learn and grow as a professional.