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The Public Square in the Internet Age — Regulating Online Harms to Restore Balance
Even as the Internet continues to enable rapid communication and technological innovation around the globe, the rise of disinformation, hate speech, harassment, and other online harms has dramatically increased the urgency of creating appropriate regulations to protect users. Over several years, we have seen the propagation of harms such as bullying, financial scams, extremism, and terrorism through social media platforms that were meant to create community and connection. How can we minimize these and other harms on the Internet while protecting our most fundamental freedoms? To what extent can the Internet ecosystem – all the activities and technologies that underpin the user-interface, whether social media or otherwise – take steps to help reduce harmful content? To what extent should they?

The stakes are high, with implications not just for the future of Big Tech but also the health and continued viability of the so-called "Marketplace of Ideas"; our ability to freely connect and express ourselves; national security; privacy; and environmental and racial justice. This panel will explore the ways in which the Internet has enabled these harms and whether and how the various players in the ecosystem, well beyond social media platforms, can help prevent online harms going forward.

Diana Burley, Vice Provost for Research will introduce this discussion
Moderator: Gary Corn, Program Director, Tech, Law & Security Program, Washington College of Law
Panelists: Jenna Ruddock, Senior Researcher, Tech, Law & Security Program, Washington College of Law
Derrick Cogburn, Professor, Kogod School of Business; Executive Director, Institute on Disability and Public Policy; Director, Internet Governance Lab
Joshua Rovner, Associate Professor, School of International Service

Oct 5, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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