Free Speech Or Hate Speech: Should Online Due Diligence Change? Join the Discussion at RightsCon on June 12
Hate groups all too often go to the Internet to quickly spread their offensive messages. It often falls to service providers to stop the spread of this hate, but how do they identify a new group as a hate group? How soon should they act? And how does one maintain space for open dialogue and free speech amidst public pressure to shut down accounts deemed hateful?
A distinguished panel of guests will assemble at RightsCon in Tunis, Tunisia, for the panel “Free Speech Or Hate Speech: Should Online Due Diligence Change?” from 5:15PM to 6:30PM on Wednesday, June 12th, where they will have a frank and open discussion on issues of acceptable usage.
The panel will feature academics and industry experts including Mitchell Kilby (Corporate Counsel, Rackspace Hosting), Milton Mueller (Professor at Georgia Tech; Director, Internet Governance Project), and Alissa Starzak (Head of Public Policy, Cloudflare). The moderator is Jay Sudowski from Handy Networks.
This session will discuss how the appearance of new hate groups and extremism has become an increasingly dire problem for Internet service providers. How does one decide when to classify a group of users as a hate group or dangerous extremists? When do they cross the line from free speech? Some examples are black and white but many are not. For providers wishing to avoid liability or censorship, a careful approach is necessary while still protecting their other users and the Internet community as a whole.
The panel of will discuss the thin line and the strategies used to detect and handle those situations. Conference attendees will be able to walk away from the panel with an idea of how to approach interactions with hate groups and extremism in their own institutions.
Find out more about the panel here: