2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

When Should Privacy Trump Free Speech?

Sunday, March 15
5:00PM - 6:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 8
110 E 2nd St


In a May 2014 decision, Europe’s highest ruled that search engines doing business in the EU must process takedown requests for search results that individuals believe violate their privacy rights -- creating a formal, EU-wide "right to be forgotten." Since then, they have been flooded with tens of thousands of such requests. More often than not, these are to factually accurate public information. Many critics, such as TechDirt's Mike Masnick, worry that this has already opened the door for disgraced politicians, sex offenders, and malpractice-burdened doctors to wipe their slate clean (http://j.mp/1nS4Vv0). And an editorial from the Wall Street Journal warned this would create “an Internet with borders,” where access to information differs depending on where you live.

Join us for a discussion of the EU decision's consequences, its spread to other countries, and how it is already affecting American tech companies and Internet entrepreneurs. And if it could ever take root in America.


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Emma Llansó

Dir, Project on Free Expression

Center for Democracy and Technology

Emma Llansó is the Director of CDT’s Project on Free Expression, which works to promote policies that support users’ free expression rights in the United States and around the world.

Since 2011...

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Jillian York

Dir for Intl Freedom of Expression

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jillian C. York is a writer and activist focused on the intersection of

technology and policy. She serves of the Director for International

Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foun...

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Mike Godwin

Gen Counsel & Dir of Innovation Policy


Michael Godwin is an American attorney and author. He was the first staff counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the creator of the Internet adage Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies. F...

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Zach Graves

Dig Dir

R Street Institute

Zach Graves is digital director and policy analyst focusing on technology issues at the libertarian-leaning R Street Institute. He heads up R Street's digital advocacy and activism efforts, and lea...

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