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The Library #ideadrop house will return this year again to connect the energy of the library community with the enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit pervasive in Austin for salon-style conversations in our library living room on March 7-11, 2014. Vist in person or on the live stream here. All times listed are local Austin time/ Central time.

E-Resources and Libraries (ER&L), ProQuest and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are joined in Austin by an awesome group of orgs representing libraries, archives and museums. Meet them all.

Address: 1706 Garden St, Austin, TX 78702        Email: erl.sponsor@gmail.com
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Sunday, March 9 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Fragile Law that Protects Online Speech

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Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act is responsible for the shape of the Internet as we know it today, by freeing website operators from needing to conduct a legal review of each and every user communication that crosses their systems.

And yet, the protection granted by Section 230 is both controversial and fragile. Judges are uncomfortable with the idea that websites can publish revenge porn, pay-to-remove mugshot galleries, and prostitution ads with impunity. State attorney generals have demanded that Congress amend Section 230 to give them broad new powers to bring criminal charges against social media sites, to use them as a choke point to cut off illegal content involving child trafficking. But what would limiting Section 230 mean for the future of peer-to-peer communication?

This panel will explore the controversy over Section 230, including the voices demanding its repeal or change and the consequences to online speech of yielding to such demands.


Speakers
avatar for Eric Goldman

Eric Goldman

Professor and Director, High Tech Law Institute @ Santa Clara University School of Law
Eric Goldman is a Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law, where he is also Director of the school’s High Tech Law Institute. His research and teaching focuses on Internet law, intellectual property and marketing law. Before becoming a full-time law professor, Eric practiced law in the Silicon Valley for 8 years, first as a technology transactions attorney at Cooley Godward LLP and then as General Counsel of... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Hermes

Jeff Hermes

Director, Digital Media Law Project @ Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Jeff is the Director of the Digital Media Law Project (DMLP) at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. At the DMLP, Jeff coordinates a suite of online legal resources for independent journalists and digital publishing ventures, engages in advocacy on behalf of free speech interests, and researches critical issues affecting the flow of important information to the public. Prior to joining the Berkman Center, Jeff... Read More →
avatar for Ari Shahdadi

Ari Shahdadi

General Counsel, Tumblr
As General Counsel for Tumblr, Ari serves as the head of Tumblr's Legal, Trust & Safety, and Policy functions and as a member of the Tumblr senior executive team. He previously worked in private practice at Gunderson Dettmer and at Fish & Richardson, P.C. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT.


Sunday March 9, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 12AB Austin Convention Center 500 E Cesar Chavez Street

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