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Private Property on Mars, Explained

How do we create property on Mars? We applied the thinkings of John Locke and Robert Nozick to Mars Colonization to find out.

3D Printed Guns, Explained

On November 12th 2019, a federal judge has struck down against an attempt to release downloadable gun files in the United States. It was declared that allowing access to this information violates the Administrative Procedure Act and the Constitution.

It has been echoed that such free access to untraceable blueprints could threaten world peace and national security.
However, it has also been argued that If blueprints are speech, then 3D files are speech too. That means that, according to the constitution we have today, the government can’t prohibit them.

So what is 3D printing exactly?

3D printing is a process where a computer-aided-design (CAD) is sent to a printer where it is produced in three dimensions out of plastic or resin.

Matthew Larosiere, Director of Legal Policy Firearms Policy Coalition and Senior Contributor for Young Voices, explains what the future of 3D printing could mean for the gun industry.

Section 230, Explained

As a user of the internet, you most likely use one or more internet platforms to read the news, share status updates, or connect with your friends and acquaintances. But what made it possible in the first place?

A small part of the Communications Decency Act, called Section 230, is a short clause that enables free speech on the internet today.

Section 230 says, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” It means that online outlets can host many kinds of content, and they would not be the legal owner of the content.

This sentence allowed big tech organizations like Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, and many more to exist. However, Section 230 also creates an opportunity for people from all walks of life to join the conversation on the net and start movements, build businesses, and exchange opinions.

Nevertheless, members of the right and the left have joined the call to repeal Section 230.

In this video, you will learn how Section 230 enables free speech, and why there is a movement against it. We spoke with Jennifer Huddleston, Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action Forum, who is a specialist in the topic. Special thanks to Ashkhen Kazaryan.

Why is Banning an App a Bad Idea?

In 2020, former President Trump expressed his wish to ban the app “Tiktok,” arguing that it constituted a violation of the privacy of millions of Americans.

We talked to Will Duffield, from the CATO Institute, and James Carafano, from the Heritage Institute, to understand the multiple points of view on this issue.

Was Tiktok providing the data from millions of Americans to the Chinese government? Is banning Tiktok a viable solution? How would other countries react to this intervention?

#SocialMedia #Censorship #Tiktok

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