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On the occasion of his forthcoming book, Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet, Kaye takes us behind the scenes, into Facebook’s “mini-legislative” meetings, European Commission’s closed-door sessions, and meets journalists, activists, and content moderators who are paid mini-mum wage to flag hundreds, even thousands, of horrid videos on the Internet every day. He tells the story of people around the world who are trying to get it right, while facing an almost impossibly massive task with huge consequences. Kaye finds that it is time to rethink how we use social media, and find a way to a way to build a better, more democratic Internet.


David Kaye

David Kaye is the author of Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. A clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, he began his legal career with the U.S. State Department. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, his writing has appeared in American and international law journals, Foreign AffairsForeign Policy, Washington PostLos Angeles TimesNew York TimesGuardian and other publications.

Katherine Lo

Katherine Lo is a visiting researcher at the Informatics department at University of California, Irvine. Lo consults with tech, social media, and game companies on policy and enforcement around harassment. Currently, she is the project consultant for the SPLC, working on education and initiatives around online citizenship. She also serves on the advisory board for a new nonprofits and advocacy organizations that focus on online harassment and mental health.

Image credit: 1st Amendment Walk courtesy of Brian Wolfe via Flickr

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