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 9, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Session 1: COMPETITION POLICY FOR ONLINE PLATFORMS
Is competition policy undergoing a fundamental shift, with antitrust law in need of a 21st Century re-write? What determines whether a tech company has too much market power? What priorities should govern competition policy in the area of online platforms? What has the government charged in U.S. v. Google and FTC v. Facebook? What are the potential remedies, and how will the government try to prove its claims? Is anticompetitive behavior occurring in the app market? Are other mechanisms available (aside from antitrust enforcement) to address competitiveness issues in the tech sector? Is legislation needed, and what legislative and regulatory reforms have been proposed?
Keynote Remarks – Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) (Chair of Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust & Consumer Rights)
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Bill Baer (Visiting Fellow – Governance Studies, Brookings Institution; former Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division and Director of FTC Bureau of Competition)
Renata Hesse (Co-head of antitrust practice at Sullivan and Cromwell; former Acting AAG Antitrust)
Bilal Sayyed (Senior Adjunct Fellow, TechFreedom; former Director of FTC Office of Policy Planning)
Charlotte Slaiman (Competition Policy Director, Public Knowledge)
Adam Kovacevich (Founder and CEO, Chamber for Progress and former Senior Director for U.S. Public Policy at Google)
Jonathan Cohen (Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP)
Dan Waggoner (Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP)
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? 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:
Alexandra Reeve Givens (President & CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology)
David Jay (Head of Mobilization, Center for Humane Technology)
Neil Chilson (Senior Research Fellow for technology and innovation, Charles Koch Institute and former FTC Chief Technologist)
Jessica Lee (Co-Chair of Privacy, Security & Data Innovations practice at Loeb & Loeb)
Becky Burr (Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis)
Thursday, July 8, 4:00 – 5:30 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:
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 at Pinterest)
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.