Misinformation is going to be a huge focus at the the State of the Net Conference this year. We’re thrilled to announce that Representative Anna G. Eshoo and Charlotte Willner, the new Founding Executive Director of the Trust & Safety Professional Association, will keynote the conference on issues related to content moderation and misinformation. Representative Eshoo will discuss the critical importance of heading off COVID-19 vaccine disinformation online and beyond and Willner will share the TSPS’s goals and plans in this critical sector.
The developments of yesterday and today made an already challenging content moderation environment all the more difficult. We had already planned on a heavy Section 230 and content moderation focus at the State of the Net Conference on January 26 & 27. Pandemic and election misinformation made 2020 incredibly hard for moderation content on platforms. But just a few days into 2021, we seem to be in frighteningly unfamiliar territory.
We’ve assembled the best experts on content moderation to help explain the enormous challenges that 2020 and, now, 2021 have heaped upon free expression online. Our panel, “You Thought 2020 Was Tough For Content Moderation? Welcome To 2021,” will feature Jamal Greene of the Oversight Board and professor at Columbia Law. Other panelists include Joan Barata of Stanford and Nora Benavidez of PEN America. Tiffany Li, MSNBC columnist and renowned law professor, will moderate.
We will have a lot on both content moderation and Section 230 and we’ll announce more speakers and panels on a rolling basis.
The enormous challenges of moderating content and enabling free expression on the Internet became even more challenging in 2020. Internet companies, government officials, and leading experts dealt with election and voter misinformation at enormous scale. Just as the New Year rang in the new decade, the pandemic made content moderation a life and death challenge for everyone. Those challenges piled on top of the existing challenges everyone has already been working to address. Early in 2021 content moderation experts all felt a sickening feeling as an angry mob stormed the Capitol Building to overturn an election. Our panel of experts will discuss the efforts to manage content and expression online and where we are now.
We’ll explore all the tech policy transitions at the 17th Annual State of the Net Conference on January 26 & 27, 2021. It is the must-attend tech policy event to start the new year. Save the date!
A new Administration promises to usher in new Internet policies from government and from industry itself. We’ll dive into the most pressing policy issues. Congressional and federal leaders will engage with stakeholders on issues such as broadband, consumer privacy, content moderation, election security, artificial intelligence, and many more.
As always, State of the Net will be your first look at the new players and the new issues that will take center stage in 2021. This conference is unique for its diverse blend of perspectives and provocative thinkers. As policy debates become more polarized, State of the Net is the most important stakeholder gathering which brings together key players who disagree (respectfully). That’s the point.
Past keynote speakers include White House CTOs Aneesh Chopra, Megan Smith, and Michael Kratsios, Senators John Thune, Roger Wicker, and Amy Klobuchar, UBER Founder/CEO Travis Kalanick, advocate Max Schrems, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, and many others. Want to know more? Find out more by looking at recent past speakers here and our 2020 recap here.
Stay tuned for speaker announcements…
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Two months ago we were thrilled to convene the Internet stakeholder community at the 16th annual State of the Net Conference in Washington, DC, the nation’s most prominent Internet policy summit.
As attendees witnessed, the diversity of our speakers’ perspectives makes SOTN unlike any other Internet policy conference in the world. We also strive to assure diversity of the speakers and attendees. Below is a recap of our gender diversity statistics at #SOTN2020.
LEADERSHIP: DIVERSITY & BALANCE
State of the Net works assiduously to make our panels as diverse as possible. We are very proud of these results. While the gender diversity of speakers at #SOTN2020 exceeds national averages, it dramatically exceeds the averages in our space
Most of us are working through our social distancing binge list. At State of the Net we brought together market analysts and streaming entrepreneurs to discuss the streaming wars.
During these times it’s obvious that Over-The-Top video streaming services have radically transformed how we watch TV and the economics of “television.” Disney+ is just the latest with Peacock and HBOMax on the way.
In case you missed it, watch the video featuring market analysts, best selling authors, entrepreneurs, and artists discussing what the revolution in streaming video means and what the future holds. Speakers below.
Last month the Internet policy community came together at State of the Net in Washington, DC. Among the most pressing debates was the use of strong end-to-end encryption. After a feisty panel on crypto C-SPAN producers interviewed two of our key speakers, Justice Department Associate Attorney General Sujit Raman and former FBI General Counsel James Baker.
That debate, filmed in the lobby of State of the Net, will air on the C-SPAN show “The Communicators” through this weekend and into next week. The first airing will be tonight, February 21, at 10:30 am. Visit C-SPAN here to be alerted to additional broadcast times and streaming.
The award-winning C–SPAN show “The Communicators” will broadcast in-depth interviews from the State of the Net tonight at 10:30 pm ET and through the weekend on C–SPAN.
The first set of featured interviews include Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, and Rep. Will Hurd. Each interview expanded on their comments at State of the Net.
Visit C–SPAN here to be alerted to broadcast times.
Every year the State of the Net Conference happens in late January. Leading up to the conference involves an intense period of time requiring extra hands skilled in policy analysis, event planning and marketing/communications. If you are free to help organize and execute this conference during the months of November, December and/or January, please apply to be a State of the Net Fellow.
SOTN Fellows will have immediate responsibilities including event planning, website and database management, email marketing, content creation, and policy research. Policy interns will communicate directly with key people at the highest levels of Internet policy. It’s a networking-intensive, and rewarding, job.
This is a paid position!
Responsibilities May Include:
- Coordinating with conference speakers on panel topics and themes.
- Manage email marketing (iContact/Mailchimp) and organizational database (Salesforce)
- Maintain and create content for organizational websites (Wordpress)
- Contribute to social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, podcasts)
- Outreach to tech policy experts for panels and briefings
- Manage multimedia for events including live-streaming, live-tweeting and photography
- Contribute to communications strategy and media outreach/relations, monitoring press coverage
- Conduct research and brief Executive Director on current tech policy issues and trends
- Prior experience with WordPress, email marketing, and social media marketing is helpful but not required
- Bonus Skills: Salesforce, Adobe Creative Suite, and HTML/CSS
- Quick learning and a sense of humor
- Working here is awesome. If you don’t believe us, ask our summer fellow, Rebecca (Blog Post: The Best Place To Intern)
Submit your resume to [email protected]
The Internet Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For 20 years the Internet Education Foundation has been building the most prominent platforms for engagement. The Internet Education Foundation (IEF) hosts four major projects under its umbrella: The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, the State of the Net Conference Series, The Congressional App Challenge, and the Internet Law & Policy Foundry. Interns will work within any or all of these dynamic projects.