Officials across the political spectrum have taken aim at “Section 230” – the federal law that holds social media companies harmless for lies, defamation and even threats posted by users. This panel of national experts debated the future of free speech on the internet, with important consequences for the First Amendment and a healthy democracy.


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Anupam Chander is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center who studies the global regulation of new technologies and the author of “The Electronic Silk Road.” A graduate of Yale Law School, he has joined Goldman in arguing that Section 230 benefits job creation and fosters free speech on the internet.

Eric Goldman is a professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law and co-director of the High Tech Law Institute. He has written that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act provides more protection than the First Amendment.

Daphne Keller, a graduate of Yale Law School and a former associate general counsel for Google, directs the Program on Platform Regulation at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center. An advocate for transparency by social media companies and common-sense reform, she has said that the internet could not exist as we know it without something like Section 230.

Hosted by John Dankosky, CT Mirror

John is CT Mirror's Director of Events. A well-known and highly-regarded radio personality and moderator, he divides his time between CT Mirror — where he heads up our events program and serves as a multi-platform consultant — and the NPR / PRI program Science Friday. Previously, John was executive editor of the New England News Collaborative and the host of NEXT, a weekly program about New England. He also appeared weekly on The Wheelhouse, WNPR’s news roundtable program. His 25 years in public media also include serving as vice president of news for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, host of WNPR’s Where We Live, and regular fill-in host for the PRI program Science Friday in New York. He was twice recognized by PRNDI as America’s best public radio call-in show.