Panel Subject: Platform Content Moderation and Liability

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This page is for coordination among the panel team to openly discuss the topics that will be covered under the subject of the "Platform Content Moderation and Liability." The page includes the relevant survey results, Panel Guidelines and a section for the panel team to discuss in the comments.

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The following topics were surveyed under this subject and the table provides the performance of each:

# Question Important (3) Neutral (2) Not Important (1) Weighted Average Responses
6.3 What are the best ways to protect privacy and security of users of the Internet of Things? 66 9 5 2.76 80
6.1 How can we ensure that the benefits of smart cities and connected communities are efficient, inclusive, transparent and secure? How can open data initiatives play a role? 45 25 9 2.46 79
6.2 What are the obstacles and opportunities around 5G and IoT? 39 23 17 2.35 79


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Anonymous user #1

15 months ago
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David Snead: Given the questions, I think a panel that discusses this issue from a transnational perspective might be useful. For example, the impact of EU, Chinese and other liability and regulatory models on their Internet business and use. Often in discussions about content moderation and liability, the success of the U.S. model is often taken as a given, or if not, other models, like the Chinese model, are simply pointed to rhetorically ("well do you want the Chinese Internet?"). Having panelists who can speak to the success of those models would be helpful. A possible subject is: Internet liability and content regulation: understanding competing models.

Anonymous user #2

15 months ago
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Jesse Blumenthal: I’d agree with a focus on transnational perspectives, especially the question of extraterritoriality (which seems to be more frequently coming up and is embedded in a number of the suggestions). Because of the scale and success of the US market, the US system has largely ruled and strengthened intermediary liability protections globally. But because of changes elsewhere (Germany and the UK, notably) there seems to be a sort of ratchet effect. So far it’s localized to those countries but if GDPR/Facebook is a guide, adopting greater liability/more burdensome regulations ends up setting deaf to global policy.


15 months ago
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Lots of questions and suggestions at congressional hearings with Mark Zuckerberg, about whether/how platforms should/can regulate speech by users.
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