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Free Speech Online in a Global Setting: Censorship and the Challenge of Private Control

October 22, 2020 |  5:00 - 6:00 pm  |  Zoom Webinar

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, please join Evelyn Douek, lecturer on law and SJD candidate at Harvard Law School, and David Kaye, clinical professor of law and Director of the International Justice Clinic at the University of California, Irvine, for a virtual talk on “Free Speech Online in a Global Setting: Censorship and the Challenge of Private Control.” The “public square” has given way to social media platforms as the most important pathway for ordinary people to engage in free speech. This comes with great benefits, including vastly-improved prospects for reaching wide audiences. But it comes with great risks, too, with novel forms and sources of censorship. Two of the nation’s leading experts join the Strauss Center at UT to explore the complexities.

The size of the audience is limited to 100 participants. Please note that you must have a registered Zoom account to be able to log in to this webinar. For questions, please email Ali Prince at


Evelyn Douek (Harvard University) is an expert on global regulation of online speech, private content moderation institutional design and comparative free speech law and theory. She co-hosts Lawfare’s Arbiters of Truth podcast series (exploring online speech in the run-up to the 2020 US election), and her research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review OnlineThe Atlantic, and Slate, among other publications.

David Kaye (University of California-Irvine) recently completed a six-year term as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. He is the author of Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet (2019). His reporting for the UN addressed, among other things, encryption and anonymity, the protection of whistleblowers and journalistic sources, the regulation of online content by social media and search companies, Artificial Intelligence technologies and human rights, the private surveillance industry, and online hate

Bobby Chesney (moderator) is the director of UT’s Strauss Center for International Security and Law, as well as the James A. Baker III Chair and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law.

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