The Digital Townsquare: The Future of Online Speech in an Age of Hyperpartisanship

October 10, 2019 6:00 pm

Presented by Bloomberg, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the First Amendment Coalition.

Social media platforms face intense and growing pressure to rein in misinformation and extremist content. On the left, presidential candidates are threatening to break up Big Tech while the right has pushed to alter Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — a foundation of the modern Internet. With the tech giants facing a nearly impossible balancing act, will free speech suffer? Has it already? And as we enter an especially fraught election year, what should the companies do to ensure First Amendment rights are upheld while also preventing threats to the democratic process?


  • 6:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Registration

  • 6:30pm – 6:40pm
  • Opening remarks by First Amendment Coalition Executive Director, David Snyder

  • 6:40pm – 7:30pm
  • Panel Discussion

    Sarah Frier, social media reporter, Bloomberg
    Renee DiResta, Mozilla fellow in Media, Misinformation and Trust
    Daphne Keller, director of intermediary liability, Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society
    Corynne McSherry, legal director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Alex Feerst, general counsel, Neuralink 

    Additional panelists to be announced

  • 7:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Reception

To register visit:


Bloomberg San Francisco
Pier 3, Suite 101
San Francisco, CA
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