This is Part 3 of three special episodes focused on Facebook in the wake of the revelations in what has come to be known as the Facebook Papers, reports based on a trove of documents brought forward by whistleblower Frances Haugen.
On Thursday- the same day Facebook announced its name change to Meta- Tech Policy Press had the chance to speak with two members of the Oversight Board, the entity the company set up to provide external oversight to its content moderation decisions and to help it make policy. John Samples and Julie Owono– two Oversight Board members who have a deep expertise in questions of internet governance, tech policy, human rights and free expression- spoke to Tech Policy Press editor Justin Hendrix and contributor and board member Courtney Radsch about the Oversight Board’s recent transparency report, and the role of the Oversight Board in the post-whistleblower period.
Justin Hendrix is CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press, a new nonprofit media venture concerned with the intersection of technology and democracy. Previously, he was Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. He spent over a decade at The Economist in roles including Vice President, Business Development & Innovation. He is an associate research scientist and adjunct professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Opinions expressed here are his own.