In his latest book, The Twenty-Six Words that Created the Internet, Jeff Kosseff, a professor of cybersecurity law in the U.S. Naval Academy’s Cyber Science Department, examines the implications of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the succinct law that has governed the dissemination of information, and disinformation, on the internet since 1996.

It becomes apparent early on that Kosseff has practiced cybersecurity, privacy and First Amendment law. Admittedly, 26 Words is a wonky read, but it provides an essential history of free speech on the internet. Kosseff acknowledges the unintended consequences of providing internet platforms with legal cover from liability for fake news, harmful advertising and hate...

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