In June and July, the FCBA will present a series of three events to contribute to the ever-widening policy debate on regulating online platforms – specifically focusing on competition policy in the tech sector, consumer and privacy issues, and social media content moderation. The program will delve into the questions below, among others. Each session will be held virtually via the Zoom platform.
The sessions will be held on June 9, June 23, and July 8, 2021 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET. You can sign up for one session or all of them; however, there is a discounted rate for multiple sessions. You can attend three sessions for the price of two! If you would like to receive the discounted rate, please make sure to select the multi-session package option.
See below for session details and a list of confirmed speakers. Additional speakers have been invited, and the list will be updated on the FCBA website as they are confirmed.
*We are offering the law student member rate for all law students! If you are a law student non-FCBA member, please click here to download the form and sign up.
Wednesday, June 23, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Session 2: ONLINE PLATFORM CONSUMER AND PRIVACY ISSUES
What consumer interests are implicated by the business model of online platforms (i.e., to keep users engaged)? What user data is being collected, what are platforms doing with it, and are consumers’ privacy interests being adequately protected? What challenges do platforms face in complying with current law? Do transparency measures like the new Apple iOS App Tracking Transparency tool have enough of an impact to address perceived harms? How do algorithms and user preference tools operate to determine what consumers see on online platforms? How does social media differ from traditional media in imparting information to the public? What new legal, regulatory, and technological reforms are being pursued?
Keynote Remarks – Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) (Member of Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation)
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Neil Chilson (Senior Research Fellow for technology and innovation, Charles Koch Institute and former FTC Chief Technologist)
Alexandra Reeve Givens (President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology)
David Jay (Head of Mobilization, Center for Humane Technology)
Jessica Lee (Co-Chair of Privacy, Security & Data Innovations practice at Loeb & Loeb)
Becky Burr (Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis)
Thursday, July 8, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET
Session 3: SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT MODERATION
What are the current content moderation practices in social media? How does the Section 230 case law affect these practices? Can misinformation/disinformation on social media be prevented? Can/should algorithms be regulated or at least better understood, and how could this be done? Are private sector solutions (e.g., oversight boards, greater competition) helping to ameliorate problems of misinformation/disinformation on social media? Do Fairness Doctrine-like principles have a role in social media? Platforms v. Publishers: What are the implications of the Australian experience with Facebook? What should be the public interest policymaking priorities for content moderation?
Keynote Remarks – FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Marcus Brauchli (Co-Founder and Managing Partner, North Base Media; former Executive Editor, The Washington Post; former Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal)
Carrie Goldberg (Founder, C.A. Goldberg, PLLC – victims’ rights attorney)
Courtney Gregoire (Chief Digital Safety Officer, Microsoft)
Daphne Keller (Director of the Program on Platform Regulation at Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center, and formerly an Associate General Counsel at Google)
Jeff Kosseff (Cybersecurity and Privacy law professor, US Naval Academy; author of The Twenty-Six Words that Created the Internet and Do we have a right to online anonymity?)
Ambika Kumar (Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine)
Michele Lee (Assistant General Counsel and Head of Litigation, Regulatory, & Employment, Pinterest)
Kevin Martin (Head, U.S. Public Policy, Facebook and former FCC Chairman)
Jonathan Cohen (Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP)
Sara Baxenberg (Associate, Wiley Rein LLP)
Multi-Session Package: (Get three for the price of two)
$100.00 for Private Sector Members
$50.00 for Government/Academic/Transitional/Retired Members
$30.00 for Law Students
$150.00 for Non-Members
Per Session Cost:
$50.00 for Private Sector Members
$25.00 for Government/Academic/Transitional/Retired Members
$15.00 for Law Students
$75.00 for Non-Members
Cancelations due no later than 48 hours prior to the program start time.