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Wednesday, May 16 • 16:00 - 17:00
Do we need free speech legislation like we need privacy laws?

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Around the world, there is some degree of national legislation that circumscribes privacy rights in an environment where risks are obvious. In freedom of expression, the activities of intermediaries can also restrict our rights as citizens or consumers. National legislation that positively protects our free speech against arbitrary restrictions by online companies is broadly absent.

Intermediary liability discussions are not new. We have been having similar agreements and disagreements without moving the discussion forward for decades. This session aims at discussing whether free speech legislation as a backstop to unending state demands for private regulation of our online activities would be a necessary and proportionate tool. If positive legislation is not the solution, what durable framework and other measures can protect freedom of expression online in the XXI century?

Moderators
avatar for Maryant Fernandez

Maryant Fernandez

Senior Policy Advisor, European Digital Rights (EDRi)
Maryant is a Senior Policy Advisor at European Digital Rights (EDRi) and a lawyer admitted to the Madrid Bar association. Maryant defends human rights and fundamental freedoms online in the European Union. She works on surveillance and law enforcement, intermediary liability (e-commerce... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nate Cardozo

Nate Cardozo

Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Nate Cardozo is a Senior Staff Attorney on EFF’s civil liberties team where he focuses on cybersecurity policy and defending coders’ rights. | | Nate has litigated cases involving electronic surveillance, freedom of information, digital anonymity, online free expression, and... Read More →
avatar for David Kaye

David Kaye

UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law. 
avatar for Lisa Vermeer

Lisa Vermeer

Senior Policy Officer, Dutch MFA
Senior Policy Advisor on Human Rights and Internet | Dutch Focal Point for the Freedom Online Coalition | Managing Dutch Internet Freedom project portfolio Human Rights Fund | | Former advisor to Dutch MPs on EU Justice and Home affairs, former research fellow at the Scientific Council... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 16:00 - 17:00
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