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Free Expression Forum: How Section 230 Uplifts Marginalized Voices

September 3, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The Free Expression Forum at Public Knowledge is an ongoing series of dialogues about the importance of free expression online to artists, entrepreneurs, and content creators. It will highlight how policy decisions impact this important value and how the community of diverse online voices must stand up to preserve it as technology develops.

This first forum will speak to the role that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act plays in content moderation and free expression. Section 230 at its core allows platforms to moderate content without fear of retribution for content moderation decisions. When used well, Section 230 can facilitate conversation online, enable creators and creatives to express themselves, help organize communities and activism, and incentivize free expression. This webinar focuses on the good that Section 230 can do when the law is used to facilitate free expression and what that can mean for the voices of marginalized communities. It will also introduce the challenges this law is facing among policymakers in Washington DC.

Public Knowledge also wants to cover the free expression topics important to the online community. We will use the end of this first forum to invite feedback on future topics of importance to promoting free expression online.


Bertram Lee Jr., Policy counsel at Public Knowledge

Prof. Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law at Howard University

Daiquiri Ryan, Strategic Legal Advisor and Policy Counsel at the National Hispanic Media Coalition

Moderator: Chris Lewis, President & CEO of Public Knowledge


We will send call-in information to registrants in advance of the webinar


September 3, 2020
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Public Knowledge