Moderating Online Content and Preserving Freedom of Expression: A Transatlantic Approach
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- Piotr Godzisz, PhD International Network for Hate Studies and Lambda Warsaw
- Brittan Heller, founder of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society; Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University
- Wojciech Przybylski, Editor-In-Chief, Visegrad Insight
- Joris Van Hoboken, Professor of Law, Senior Researcher, Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam
- Michał Szułdrzyński, Deputy Editor-In-Chief, Rzeczpospolita Daily
The dissemination of false news has existed around for as long as democracy has. Similarly, incidents of terrorism and hate crimes are not new. Yet the ability of such content to spread rapidly in today’s digital age has given a wholly new and urgent profile to these ancient ills. Governments, industry and civil society on both sides of the Atlantic are grappling with how to address viral deception, hate speech and violent extremism online without infringing on freedom of expression or impeding a vibrant, global Internet.
The problem is becoming so acute that governments on both sides of the Atlantic are increasingly intervening – both directly and indirectly – to regulate online content that they consider harmful. Yet even though the United States and Europe are the major beneficiaries of the global internet, there is little evidence of a transatlantic approach to address these issues, although every individual initiative will have a global impact.