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Friday, May 18 • 16:00 - 17:00
Have We Entered a Brave New World of Global Content Takedown Orders?

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In the past year, democratic governments have moved to regulate online content like never before. From the Supreme Court of Canada's Equustek decision (the first by a court of final resort to order the global de-indexation of content) to Germany's "NetzDG" law (requiring social media companies to remove "obviously illegal" content within 24 hours), concerns are mounting of a "race to the bottom" as every country seeks to enforce its national preferences on the global internet. And all of this is happening against the backdrop of the enormous power that private companies wield over what content can appear on the internet's leading platforms. 

Now that the brave new world of global content regulation is here, what do we do about it? Are global takedown orders as bad as they've been assumed to be? When is it legitimate for a government to enforce its preferences on a global rather than a national basis? And where do private forms of governance, like algorithmic curation on and by social media platforms, fit into this picture?

Join our panel of experts from North America, Europe, and South Asia for an update on some of the biggest recent developments in this area and a wide-ranging discussion of how all those who care about the open, global internet should best respond to these trends.

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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 →
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Vivek Krishnamurthy

Clinical Attorney, Harvard Law School
I am a Clinical Attorney at the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School and a Visiting Lecturer this year at the UC Davis School of Law. My clinical teacher and scholarship focus on the regulation of the internet as a cross-border phenomenon and on the human rights impacts of internet-based... Read More →
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Jon Penney

Assistant Professor / Research Fellow, Schulich Law, Dalhousie University / Citizen Lab / Princeton CITP /
Jon Penney is a legal academic and social scientist. He is presently a Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab located at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, a Research Affiliate of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, and teaches law as an Assistant... Read More →
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Paul Schabas

Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Toronto based media lawyer - libel, privacy, censorship, copyright, intermediary liability, jurisdiction, human rights. Litigation partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. I regularly act for Canada’s major media free expression matters and have been counsel on many leading media... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 16:00 - 17:00 EDT