Social Media and the Law

Social Media and the Law

Professor Noah Feldman, Ms. Monika Bickert
Fall 2019 course
M 1:00pm - 3:00pm in Austin Hall Room 100 - North
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: One Day Take-Home

A vast percentage of human discourse now takes place on social media platforms, nearly all of which are privately owned. This course asks: What are the consequences of this historical development for free expression, safety, equality, and human flourishing? What values or principles ought to inform platforms as they evaluate what expression to regulate, and how to do it? Should those be universal or local, absolute or relative? What institutions, internal, external, and governmental, should shape the regulatory process? How do (and how should) plural global actors with varying legal systems and varying values influence content governance? What are the consequences of pluralism for global platforms? What role, if any, is there for international institutions or law?

Subject Areas: Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Technology, and Arts & Entertainment