Section 230 Debated: Web Freedom vs Accountability

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In a time of declining trust and confidence in large technology firms - there is growing bipartisan agreement that it’s time for legislative change. Members of Congress have been calling for a revision or repeal of the section of the 1996 Communications Decency Act that provides for a shield against legal liability for third-party content - known as section 230. But is it that simple? Has the internet's ability to publish and disseminate hateful material with speed, breadth, and no human editorial review created a new paradigm? Is it time to re-think the protections of CDA 230 and its rights in the digital world? The Wall Street Journal has posted on it’s op ed page: "Kill Section 230, You Kill the Internet.” Is the future of the internet at risk?

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Yaël Eisenstat

Cornell Tech

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David Kaye

Uci Law

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Steve Rosenbaum

NYC Media Lab

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Ellen Weintraub

Federal Election Commission

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