Technology and Freedom of Expression: Challenges and Opportunities of Regulation and Rule of Law
7 December 2021 00:00 - 23:30Virtual Event | Organised by ARTICLE 19 | Held in United Kingdom in English
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Watch the discussion panel examine Technology and Freedom of Expression: Challenges and Opportunities of Regulation and Rule of Law
Technology is a great enabler of freedom of expression but also poses new challenges and amplifies old ones as the scale and scope of communication technologies expands. The dream a decade ago of social media and digital communications heralding a new era of citizen engagement and democratic promise has been shattered by the monopolization of the information system by a handful of platforms whose design and approach has deepened polarization, nurtured extremism, and provided new tools to those in power who would manipulate and control the public sphere. As recognition that self-regulation is insufficient to protect against harms from genocide to terrorism to prolific harassment, governments around the world are exploring how to regulate the intermediaries we depend on to express ourselves in the public sphere.
This panel will examine the legal approaches being taken by democracies to regulate expression, from efforts to combat disinformation and extremism to rethinking liability and accountability regimes, and the challenge of protecting freedom of expression for all. What are the trends and the sticking points, and how can democracies ensure they protect freedom of expression?
- Barbora Bukova, Senior Director for Law and Policy
- Craig Newmark, Founder of CraigsList and Craig Newmark Philanthropies
- Vivian Schiller, Head of Aspen Digital
Moderator: Dr. Courtney Radsch, Sr. US and Technology Advisor, ARTICLE19