The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School is a leader in the study of the law and policy around the Internet and other emerging technologies.
Whether and when communications platforms like Google, Twitter and Facebook are liable for their users’ online activities is one of the key factors that affects innovation and free speech. Most creative expression today takes place over communications networks owned by private companies. Governments around the world increasingly press intermediaries to block their users’ undesirable online content in order to suppress dissent, hate speech, privacy violations and the like. One form of pressure is to make communications intermediaries legally responsible for what their users do and say. Liability regimes that put platform companies at legal risk for users’ online activity are a form of censorship-by-proxy, and thereby imperil both free expression and innovation, even as governments seek to resolve very real policy problems.
In the United States, the core doctrines of section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act have allowed these online intermediary platforms user generated content to flourish. But, immunities and safe harbors for intermediaries are under threat in the U.S. and globally as governments seek to deputize intermediaries to assist in law enforcement.
To contribute to this important policy debate, CIS studies international approaches to intermediary obligations concerning users’ copyright infringement, defamation, hate speech or other vicarious liabilities, immunities, or safe harbors; publishes a repository of information on international liability regimes and works with global platforms and free expression groups to advocate for policies that will protect innovation, freedom of expression, privacy and other user rights.
This seminar covers top issues across the waterfront of technology law, including privacy, data security, litigation, intermediary liability, and ethics. Speakers from technology businesses and law firms will provide updates and practice tips in brief presentations. Participants will take away familiarity with law, legal sources, and key issues impacting any organization that manages personal information or content.
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The Coronavirus is a fast-spreading global crisis. Misinformation and rumors about the pandemic are a serious problem that could impact response efforts around the world. What are Facebook and other social media platforms doing to combat this and how can we be informed citizens of the internet? We'll hear from two legal experts and Facebook's head of security on the head-on efforts to address misinformation about the pandemic, and whether these efforts might alter how users, the platforms themselves, and society think about online free speech. Read more about Free Speech Project: Confronting Viral Disinformation