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

Commercial Threats to Freedom of Speech Online

Friday, March 13
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 10AB
Austin Convention Center

Globally, there has been much attention paid to the threat that government entities may pose to individuals’ rights to speak and share information freely. However, far less attention has been placed on the role that bad acting companies and other commercial interests play in trying to squelch or suppress public statements and expressions online. From corporations suing respected journalists and news media for speech that they claim is libelous, to bad businesses suing users of online review sites for negative reviews, more and more often, people are finding their freedom of speech threatened online.

This panel of experts will discuss the current commercial threats to freedom of speech online and the possible solutions to this growing issue.


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Amy Austin


Washington City Paper

Amy Austin is the longtime publisher of Washington City Paper, one of the country's leading alternative weeklies. Amy has helped City Paper cultivate an ideal combination: an audience of local youn...

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Evan Mascagni

Policy Dir

Public Participation Project

Evan Mascagni graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law in 2011. While in law school, Mascagni was Editor-in-Chief of the UDC Law R...

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Laura Prather


Haynes and Boone LLP

Laura Lee Prather is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group in the Austin office of Haynes and Boone, LLP, focusing on First Amendment, intellectual property and media and entertainment litigat...

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Paul Alan Levy


Public Citizen Litigation Group


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