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Legislating the Web: Examining Recent Laws Shaping the Future of Free Speech on the Internet

This past Spring saw a renewed interest in Congress to legislate the Internet. Much of the proposed legislation claimed to help keep kids safe online. Senators stated that social media negatively impacts youth’s mental health, and their new legislation would help mitigate the mental health harms posed by social media & Big Tech. Those are laudable goals; however, these bills threaten free speech and privacy online. Join us for a panel discussion on the types of bills Congress has been debating. We will discuss their intended purpose and their effect on the internet as we know it. Topics like age verification, encryption, and censorship will be explored. If you’re a citizen of the internet, this is a conversation you don’t want to miss!

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Screenshot of the panelists from Legislating the Web

from 2023 Censorship Series

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