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Monday, March 6 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Making Sense of Section 230: A Deep Dive Into Recent Legal Battles

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In recent years, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has become a heavily contested issue, particularly in the context of social media platforms and online content moderation. As lawsuits and legislative proposals continue to pile up, the Supreme Court has emerged as a key battleground for the future of Section 230. The panel will feature a diverse set of perspectives, including lawyers who have litigated Section 230 cases, tech policy experts who have studied the impact of the law on online platforms, and journalists who have covered the debates surrounding Section 230 in the media. We will examine specific cases, including Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh, and others that the Supreme Court is almost certain to take up in the coming months. The panel aims to provide a balanced approach to Section 230 reform and its impact on online platforms. What are the origins and purpose of Section 230, and how has it been applied in practice? What are the key legal challenges to Section 230, and what are the potential implications of Supreme Court rulings on Section 230 for online speech, content moderation, and platform liability? What are the policy considerations for lawmakers and regulators in crafting a balanced approach to Section 230 reform?

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Shane Tews

Board Vice-Chair, Internet Education Foundation

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Matt Wood

Vice President of Policy & General Counsel, Free Press
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Mary Anne Franks

Professor of Law and Michael R. Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair, University of Miami School of Law
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Alex Abdo

Litigation Director, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
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Steve DelBianco

President & CEO, NetChoice

Monday March 6, 2023 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Convene 600 14th Street Northwest, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005