Protecting your online reputation | The TechTank Podcast

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In the wild west known as the internet and social media, digital sliming is quite real.

There are internet sites that spread information about people and then charge them to remove the negative material. Being subject to gossip and innuendo is just one more risk we face in the digital world. This so-called slander industry spreads lies, damages people’s reputations, and creates havoc in terms of employment, livelihoods, and community persona. Once someone’s reputation is damaged, it can be difficult to get a job, borrow money, and engage in a whole host of societal activities. In this episode, host Darrell West speaks with Quinta Jurecic, Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a former Senior Editor at Lawfare. She offers valuable advice regarding how to manage digital activities and protect your online reputation.

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TechTank is a biweekly podcast from The Brookings Institution exploring the most consequential technology issues of our time. From artificial intelligence and racial bias in algorithms to Big Tech, the future of work, and the digital divide, TechTank takes abstract ideas and makes them accessible. Moderators Dr. Nicol Turner Lee and Darrell West speak with leading technology experts and policymakers to share new data, ideas, and policy solutions to address the challenges of our new digital world.