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Friday, May 18 • 14:30 - 15:45
Could new laws designed to protect us online be harming activism and innovation?

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Activism and innovation are two important foundations of thriving democracies and economies, yet both may be under threat with global trends in laws governing online intermediaries. New online platform regulation in safety and privacy, such as Germany’s NetzDG law and the EU’s GDPR, and emerging legislation on fake news and election foreign interference offer people important protections -- but what are the unintended consequences? Are the onerous fines acting as a deterrent to start-ups that want to host user-generated content but can’t afford it? Are data erasure laws being cited by people in power to disassociate themselves from wrongdoing? Are restrictions on fake news and electoral speech being used to silence community advocacy?

The public conversation up until now has been dominated by the impact such laws will have on large social media companies, with NetzDG even being nicknamed “the Facebook law”. In this panel, we’ll have a more nuanced conversation on the effects of these laws on the activism and innovation led by individuals and smaller organizations. We’ll also discuss solutions, with a focus on what online platforms, policy-makers and civil society can all do to protect activism and innovation.

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Sunita Bose

Head of Policy & Global Brand, Change.org
Sunita Bose established and leads the policy team at Change.org, an Internet platform that empowers 200 million of people worldwide to create petitions on issues that matter to them. She has led the redevelopment of the company’s Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, Community Guidelines... Read More →

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Susan Coughtrie

Senior Programme Officer for Europe and Central Asia, Article 19
Since joining ARTICLE 19 in February 2012, Susan has worked on a number of issues related to freedom of expression and right to information across the Eurasia region – including media freedom, safety of journalists, countering hate speech against minorities and restrictions to freedom... Read More →
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Daphne Keller

Director of Intermediary Liability, Stanford Law School
Daphne Keller is the Director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford's Center for Internet and Society. Her work focuses on platform regulation and Internet users' rights. She has published both academically and in popular press; testified and participated in legislative processes... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 14:30 - 15:45 EDT
  Privacy and Data Protection