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Tuesday, January 26 • 1:55pm - 2:50pm
Revising Section 230: What Proposals are on the Table?

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In DC, Section 230 debates have ping-ponged between the binary choice of repealing the statute or leaving it as is. Invariably, congressional hearings around the statute veered off into unrelated debates about bias, antitrust, privacy, and beyond. Congress almost repealed the statute outright near the end of the session. For its lack of substantive debate, many proposals have been put forth to revise 230 – addressing certain classes of content like non-consensual porn, predicating 230 immunity on adhering to best practices or good samaritan-ship, suggesting a notice-and-takedown process, establishing better complaint-resolution mechanisms, creating a specialized digital agency to deal with these issues, and the list goes on. This panel will explore what’s on the table, what is likely to advance, what challenges Members face in the possible amending of Section 230, and whether it may be best to leave the provision as is. 

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Alan Davidson

Senior Advisor, Mozilla

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Genevieve Lakier

Assistant Professor of Law & Herbert and Marjorie Fried Teaching Scholar, University of Chicago Law School
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Olivier Sylvain

Professor & Academic Director, Fordham University, Center on Law & Information Policy
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Ellen P. Goodman

Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School
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Eric Goldman

Associate Dean of Research & High Tech Law Institute Co-Director, Santa Clara University School of Law

Tuesday January 26, 2021 1:55pm - 2:50pm EST