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Lee E. Teitelbaum Utah Law Review Symposium – News, Disinformation, and Social Media Responsibility

October 18 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law, Level 6
The Utah Law Review is thrilled to announce this year’s symposium topic: News, Disinformation, and Social Media Responsibility. The event is designed to investigate twin problems arising from the changing media landscape. In recent years, major social media platforms have become the primary mechanism for the distribution of news-delivering, but not producing, journalism on matters of public concern, while attracting much of the advertising revenue that once supported traditional news organizations. These same platforms have also become the primary target for those who would spread disinformation, which is regularly consumed and shared by users as if it were news. The ways that these companies’ policies and practices foster or impede both news and disinformation have significant consequences for the American citizen and for democracy as a whole.

The symposium, organized by Prof. RonNell Andersen Jones, whose work focuses on media law and press freedom, and Prof. Erika George, whose work focuses on corporate social responsibility, promises to bring together scholars, practitioners, and commentators from the fields of media law, tech, and corporate social responsibility. Participants will discuss and debate the changing issues of media law, the shifting norms of press freedom in an age of easy disinformation, the threats of virality in disinformation campaigns, and the efficacy of media literacy campaigns. They will also investigate actual and proposed responses to these problems from major platforms, debating the contours of their corporate obligations in a time of rampant disinformation, the role of technology companies in shaping civic space, and the human rights impacts of operating decisions made by private business enterprises.

4 hours CLE (includes 1 hour ethics)(pending).

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$25 for onsite attendance. $10 for online attendance. Students and faculty are free with proof of university ID.
*Registration for the online webinar will close Thursday, October 17 at 12pm. After payment has been received online attendees will receive an email with additional instructions on how to register and access the webinar.

 

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Tentative Agenda

8:00 a.m. – Registration, sign in, and continental breakfast

8:45-8:50 a.m. – Introduction and Welcome

8:50-9:20 a.m. – Facebook Policy Updates – A discussion with Andrew Pergam, Director, Governance and Strategic Initiatives at Facebook. His presentation will be followed by a short Q&A session.

9:20-9:30 a.m. – Break

9:30-10:45 a.m. – Panel #1: News, Information, and Discussion of Matters of Public Concern in a Social Media Age

Moderator: RonNell Andersen Jones, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, and Lee E. Teitelbaum Chair and Professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor and Legal Correspondent, Slate
Sonja R. West, Otis Brumby Distinguished Professor in First Amendment Law, University of Georgia School of Law
David Greene, Senior Staff Attorney and Civil Liberties Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Lili Levi, Professor of Law, Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, and Vice Dean for Intellectual Life, University of Miami School of Law

10:45-11:00 a.m.   – Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Panel #2: Social Media and the Threats of Disinformation

Moderator: RonNell Andersen Jones, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, and Lee E. Teitelbaum Chair and Professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Derek Bambauer, Professor of Law, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Hannah Bloch-Wehba, Assistant Professor of Law, Drexel University Kline School of Law
Thomas Kadri, Resident Fellow, Yale Law School Information Society Project

12:15-12:30 p.m. – Lunch served

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lunchtime Keynote with Jameel Jaffer, Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University

1:30-1:45 p.m. – Break

1:45-3:00 p.m. – Panel #3: Social Media Corporate Responsibility and Ethics

Moderator: Erika George, Director of the Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center and Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Andrew Moshirnia, Senior Lecturer, Business Law and Taxation, Monash University
Rebecca MacKinnon, Director, Ranking Digital Rights Project
Jason Pielemeier, Policy Director, Global Network Initiative
Evelyn Aswad, Director of the Center for International Business & Human Rights and Professor of Law and Herman G. Kaiser Chair in International Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law

 

Keynote Address:

Jameel Jaffer is the inaugural director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. The Knight Institute was established in 2016 to safeguard free expression in the shifting landscape of the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. Jaffer focuses his efforts on new manifestations of longstanding threats to freedom of speech and the press, and the many novel challenges from evolving technologies. Particular areas of focus are the privatization of the public square and machine-amplified distortion of public discourse. As Jaffer points out, everyday conversations that once took place in public parks, sidewalks, or town squares now largely take place online through the services of private actors whose platforms increasingly determine what we learn about the world, about government, and about each other. Despite the powerful connections these new platforms provide, their underlying support system of private surveillance and powerful algorithms remain largely a mystery to the public. Jaffer’s work seeks to draw attention to the forces that are shaping new communications platforms, and to protect the diversity and integrity of public discourse online.

Before becoming director of the Knight Institute, Jaffer served as deputy legal director at the ACLU, where he oversaw the organization’s work on free speech, privacy, technology, national security, and international human rights. He has argued civil liberties cases in multiple appeals courts, including before the U.S. Supreme Court, and has testified many times before the U.S. Congress. Jaffer led or co-led the litigation teams that compelled the Bush administration to disclose the “torture memos” and the Obama administration to disclose the “drone memos.” His writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and the Yale Law Journal Forum. He is a graduate of Williams College, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk to Hon. Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then to Rt. Hon. Beverly McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada.

Participants:

News Panel:

Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor and Legal Correspondent, Slate

Sonja R. West, Otis Brumby Distinguished Professor in First Amendment Law, University of Georgia School of Law

David Greene, Senior Staff Attorney and Civil Liberties Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Lili Levi, Professor of Law, Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, and Vice Dean for Intellectual Life, University of Miami School of Law

 

Disinformation Panel:

Derek Bambauer, Professor of Law, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Hannah Bloch-Wehba, Assistant Professor of Law, Drexel University Kline School of Law

Thomas Kadri, Resident Fellow, Yale Law School Information Society Project

 

Social Media Responsibility Panel:

Andrew Moshirnia, Senior Lecturer, Business Law and Taxation, Monash University

Rebecca MacKinnon, Director, Ranking Digital Rights Project

Jason Pielemeier, Policy Director, Global Network Initiative

Evelyn Aswad, Director of the Center for International Business & Human Rights and Professor of Law and Herman G. Kaiser Chair in International Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law

 

Hosts and Moderators:

RonNell Andersen Jones, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, Lee E. Teitelbaum Chair and Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Erika George, Director of the Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center and Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

 

For questions about this event contact Miriam (801) 585-3479.

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Date:
October 18
Time:
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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College of Law
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S. J. Quinney College of Law
383 South University St
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States
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