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Friday, June 14 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Disinformation and Our Deepest Beliefs: Are more radical measures needed?

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Disinformation is destroying both trust in the mainstream media and the notion of the self-correcting marketplace of ideas, but we may be underestimating the danger that disinformation poses. When a social media platform is the main delivery system for news, the threat that deliberate coordinated disinformation poses is to freedom of belief and opinion, two under-used but inviolable rights that speak to our deepest sense of the self’s autonomy. These 'quiet rights' underpin how people create a social order that is democratic, tolerant, and open. This panel will discuss the harms that organized, deliberate disinformation campaigns pose and whether they require consideration of more intrusive or structural measures. Companies have been urged to dramatically improve transparency and monitoring of their platforms, but their business model may be part of the problem. If we reframe the issue of disinformation as a challenge to opinion and belief, should government or platforms consider more muscular regulation? Issues to consider through a rights lens include audits as a condition of approving users or licensing platforms, common carrier requirements, greater transparency and regulation of advertising, or even anti-trust measures or new ways to impose liability or sanctions.

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Dinah PoKempner

General Counsel, Human Rights Watch
AI, freedom of expression, privacy

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David Kaye

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression
Prof. Kaye’s scholarship and teaching focus on public international law, especially international human rights law, international humanitarian law, accountability for violations of human rights, and the law governing the use of force. He is just as interested in efforts to translate... Read More →
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Daphne Keller

Director of Intermediary Liability, Stanford Law School
Daphne Keller is the Director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford's Center for Internet and Society. Her work focuses on platform regulation and Internet users' rights. She has published both academically and in popular press; testified and participated in legislative processes... Read More →
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Charlotte Slaiman

Senior Policy Counsel, Public Knowledge
Charlotte is Senior Policy Counsel for competition policy at Public Knowledge, advocating for ways to increase competition against today's dominant digital platforms. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Charlotte worked in the Anticompetitive Practices Division of the Federal Trade... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
L'Escale (Laico)