SOTN 2016 – Panel Discussion
The panel will consider the right policy options to deal with how much companies should voluntarily cooperate with the government to keep violent propaganda off their platforms and identify suspicious users, and what can be done to control and combat propaganda that is spread via social media. Don’t miss out!
Ben FitzGerald, Director of the Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security (Moderator)
Emma Llanso, Director – Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy & Technology
Daphne Keller, Director of Intermediary Liability, Stanford Center for Internet and Society
Mary B. McCord, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Gina Grandinetti Woodworth, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Internet Association
Social media has flourished in large part because platforms have been freed from liability for content posted by independent users. But as instigators of violence and terrorism have figured out how to use social platforms to recruit and spread, companies and lawmakers must figure out how to balance the needs of protecting free expression online with the imperative to keep the public safe. Much of this content violates user agreements, but reviewing content for violations can be prohibitively time consuming for companies. What is the right policy to deal with this serious issue? How much should companies voluntarily cooperate with the government to keep violent propaganda off their platforms and identify suspicious users? What can be done to control and combat propaganda that is spread via social media?