Call for Topics 2019 - Freedom of Expression

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Timestamp Submission Number Submission Issue Areas Comments SG
Timestamp Submission Number Submission Issue Areas Comments SG
2019-02-04 9:16:07 AM 2019 Submission 14 Content moderation Freedom of Expression Laws passed recently in Europe (such as https://law.yale.edu/mfia/case-disclosed/germanys-netzdg-and-threat-online-free-speech) require more aggressive enforcement of moderation policies on social media and other internet platforms. To what extent can platforms preempt this type of regulation with better enforcement? What are the dangers to freedom of expression? In what ways does objectionable content and overmoderation affect historically disadvantaged groups? Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-07 12:50:38 PM 2019 Submission 38 Child sexual abuse prevention versus sexual speech. Can we have both freedom of expression and act against child exploitation? Freedom of Expression Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-11 8:44:39 AM 2019 Submission 45 Assume you will cover areas of cybersecurity policy, fake news vs. freedom of expression, GDPR vs. U.S. 'data as product' controversies, net Freedom of Expression neutrality status. Note: I am moving to Washington end February, interested in participating in committee once the chaos of the move is over. Technical Community
2019-02-11 11:16:01 AM 2019 Submission 55 The need to permit or enable political speech by private U.S. citizens, including paid ads, excluding businesses, non-citizens Freedom of Expression There is a need to permit political speech (intended to influence and electoral campaigns or ballot issues) by private citizens up to thresholds that require reporting to the FEC or a creation of a campaign or PAC. The response to 2016 foreign influence campaigns or election meddling by Russia, etc. has resulting in restrictions on platforms that are too tight/tighter than US federal election laws and many state laws require. A private US citizen should be able to buy an advertisment - or make a free post - with an appropriate disclaimer without having a campaign committee number. Additionally, platforms should do more to educate users on their opportunities to form campaigns and acquire the appropriate credentials in time to be able to express their personal political ideas before it gets to late in the political cycle to do so. A private citizen, for example, should be able to buy a $10-25 boost or traffic to a personal Youtube vlog that includes an endorsement for a specific vote on a ballot measure or local election, if that isn't prohibited or is left up to individuals and local campaigns to keep track of uncoordinated personal political expenditures or in kind contributions, under law. Technical Community
2019-02-11 11:35:39 AM 2019 Submission 57 Data protection (data privacy), Speech + censorship on/by platforms, risks of border surveillance, U.S. ICCPR review (happening this year) Freedom of Expression Civil Society / Academia
2019-02-11 1:44:36 PM 2019 Submission 60 Using antitrust laws to punish online platforms for political expression Freedom of Expression We have seen the weaponization of antitrust laws to attack platforms that host political views and amplify opposition attitudes. Even if express actions are not taken, threats of antitrust actions can result in limits to free speech platforms. Private Sector
2019-02-11 1:49:54 PM 2019 Submission 61 Free Speech Or Hate Speech: Should Online Due Diligence Change? Freedom of Expression We recently submitted the following for consideration at RightsCon and it may be relevant for IGF USA as well: New hate groups are appearing in rapid, successive fashion. When the public is outraged at you as a provider, how do you determine if a new group on your network is a hate group? How much research do you do as a provider to determine if they have violated your terms of service agreement - yet? This session will discuss difficult real and possible scenarios. We’ll show how Internet companies can set clear and open criteria around acceptable usage.​ Private Sector