Splinters of Our Discontent: A Conversation with Mike Godwin
Online companies like Facebook, Apple, and Twitter have been under the policy microscope recently over questions about fake news, content moderation, election manipulation, social media addiction, and more. Mike Godwin, the name behind Godwin’s Law, will be releasing a new book, Splinters of Our Discontent, in which he wrestles with these problems and the nature of free speech online. Building on the celebrated First Amendment theories of Yale Law Professor Jack Balkin, Godwin’s new book dives into the history of online platforms and online speech, and looks to how the Internet has changed—and how much it should change now—as the online space and cultural environment have evolved over the years.
Along with Godwin will be Jeff Kosseff, a cybersecurity law professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, presenting his recently released book The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet. Kosseff describes a 1996 law, popularly known as section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and how its effect of protecting online platforms from legal disputes over user-generated content has led to the explosion of interactive online services that make the Internet what it is today.
Together, these experts promise to offer an insightful conversation on pressing contemporary problems about free speech, online platforms, and the future of the Internet and of democracy.
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