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JOL Regulating Social Media Symposium: “‘Harmful’ Speech and Content Moderation”

November 5, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Harvard Journal on Legislation will be hosting its annual Symposium on regulating social media.

In the first panel, Carrie Goldberg and Ben Wittes will take part in a panel discussion moderated by Chris Bavitz. In partnership with WLA, the panel will cover online harassment, harmful speech online, non-consensual sharing of images, and similar topics.

Carrie Goldberg is a victims’ rights lawyer born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington. Her law firm, C.A. Goldberg, PLLC, is based in Brooklyn and litigates nationally for targets of online harassment, stalking, and sexual assault. Before starting her law firm, Carrie provided social services to Nazi victims and went on to become a lawyer for the Vera Institute of Justice. Her major litigations include Herrick v. Grindr, NNAF v. John Doe, Hadley v. City of Anaheim,L.W. as parent/guardian of K.M. v. New York City Department of Education. Her work was featured in the documentary Netizens. Carrie attended Vassar College and Brooklyn Law School. She resides in Brooklyn, New York. Carrie’s book Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Stalkers, Psychos, Pervs and Trolls was published by Penguin in August 2019.

Benjamin Wittes is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He co-founded and is the editor-in-chief of Lawfare, which is devoted to sober and serious discussion of “Hard National Security Choices.” He is a contributing writer at the Atlantic and a law analyst at NBC News and MSNBC. He is the author with Susan Hennessey of Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump’s War on the World’s Most Powerful Office, forthcoming in January 2020. His previous books include The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones-Confronting A New Age of Threat (2015), coauthored with Gabriella Blum. They also include Detention and Denial: The Case for Candor After Guantanamo (2011); Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror (2008); Confirmation Wars: Preserving Independent Courts in Angry Times (2006); Starr: A Reassessment (2002). He has edited three books: Campaign 2012: Twelve Independent Ideas for Improving American Public Policy (2012), Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change (2011), and Legislating the War on Terror: An Agenda for Reform (2009). Between 1997 and 2006, Wittes served as an editorial writer for the Washington Post specializing in legal affairs. Before joining the editorial page staff of the Post, Wittes covered the Justice Department and federal regulatory agencies as a reporter and news editor at Legal Times. His writing has also appeared in a wide range of journals and magazines including Slate, The New Republic, The Wilson Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, and First Things. Benjamin Wittes was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1990, and he has black belts in both taekwondo and aikido.

Moderator: Christopher T. Bavitz is the WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is also Managing Director of HLS’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. And, he is a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center. Chris teaches the Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age and Music & Digital Media seminars, and he concentrates his practice activities on intellectual property and media law (particularly in the areas of music, entertainment, and technology). He oversees many of the Cyberlaw Clinic’s projects relating to copyright, speech, advising of startups, and the use of technology to support access to justice, and he serves as the HLS Dean’s Designate to Harvard’s Innovation Lab. Chris’s research and related work at the Berkman Klein Center addresses intermediary liability and online content takedown regimes as well as regulatory, ethical, and governance issues associated with algorithms, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.


November 5, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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