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EFF30 Fireside Chat: Section 230 & Free Speech Online

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Find out what's in store for free expression online with Electronic Frontier Foundation Legal Director Corynne McSherry and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, an original framer of Section 230.

EFF30 Fireside Chat:
Section 230 & Free Speech Online

Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4 pm PT (7 pm ET)
Live Discussion with Q&A

In October, President Trump issued the three-word tweet, “REPEAL SECTION 230!!!” in response to a previous message being flagged as misleading and potentially harmful. With that tweet, he added to a growing chorus of critics pointing the finger at this legal provision for all it allowed Internet platforms to do—or perhaps not do?— in service of free speech. From the EARN IT Act threatening encryption use to the parade of tech company CEOs before U.S. Congress, Section 230 is under fire.

But where did we get Section 230 and what made it the most important law protecting freedom of expression and innovation on the Internet?

In this livestreamed conversation, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and EFF Legal Director Corynne McSherry will explore Section 230 and the future of free speech.

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About EFF30 Fireside Chats:
To commemorate the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s 30th anniversary, we present EFF30 Fireside Chats. This limited series of livestreamed conversations looks back at some of the biggest issues in Internet history and their effects on the modern web.

The first EFF30 Fireside Chat entitled “Beyond the Crypto Wars” featured author and renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier.

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December 10, 2020 4:00 PM through  5:00 PM
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