Georgetown University associate professor of legal research Erin Carroll has released a paper studying newsworthiness, algorithms and how they apply to privacy law, The Wall Street Journal reports. "Given the dominance of platforms like Facebook, the related influence of algorithms on how news is made, and specifically how algorithms are beginning to supplant editorial discretion and the editorial process, courts need to rethink their rationales for deference to the press," Carroll writes. "In the realm of privacy law, courts have long trusted the Fourth Estate to vet the newsworthiness of a subject before publishing, so that the courts themselves did not have to. Today, that trust is becoming misplaced." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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