Thursday Livestream: Gutting section 230 won’t stop disinformation

Posted March 23, 2021, 8:06 PM

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WHAT

Fight for the Future is organizing a virtual press conference on Thursday March 25th, at 11am ET ahead of the Senate Energy and Commerce committee hearing on mis- and disinformation. The event organized by Fight for the Future will be livestreamed, and journalists can RSVP to participate in a Q&A on Zoom. 


WHY

Big Tech’s role in spreading disinformation and undermining democracy is a big problem. But many lawmakers have misguidedly latched on to the idea that the way to fix it is gutting Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, one of the most important laws protecting free expression and human rights in the digital age. And too many news articles on the debate focus only on the perspective of industry spokespeople, CEOs, and politicians. At our event, you’ll hear from civil society, disinformation experts, and human rights organizations about why blowing up Section 230 won’t address the harms of Big Tech and disinformation, and what we should do instead.


WHO

  • Dr. Joan Donovan, Research Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Jennifer Brody, U.S. Advocacy Manager, Access Now
  • Kate D'Adamo, Sex Workers Rights Advocate & Partner, Reframe Health and Justice
  • Kate Ruane, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU
  • Lawrence (Larry) Walters, General Counsel for the Woodhull Freedom Foundation and attorney with Walters Law Group
  • Sherwin Siy, Lead Public Policy Manager, Wikimedia Foundation
  • Evan Greer, Director at Fight for the Future


WHERE:  

Public YouTube link - https://youtu.be/T0FwW2vuxPQ

Reporters who wish to RSVP for the Q&A: please email press@fightforthefuture.org


WHEN

Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 11am ET

This is an initiative by Fight for the Future, a non-profit dedicated to promoting digital rights. 

For press inquiries, please contact us at: (508) 474-5248 or press@fightforthefuture.org