Section 230 Highlight

Joint Center Participates in Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s ‘Policy Meets Practice: Training in Action’ Series

Spencer participated in the first session of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s “Policy Meets Practice: Training in Action” series. The session, entitled Voting Rights and Black America, had panelists discuss “tactics for effective voter mobilization and provide a historical lens of Black voter engagement methods that effectively influenced policy action and representation.” Other panelists included…

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Joint Center Participates in Howard University King Lecture Series on Voting Rights

On October 7, Joint Center President Spencer Overton participated in Howard University’s 2020-21 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy Lecture Series in a session entitled Seize Your Power: Your Voice, Your Vote. In the session, Spencer discussed voter suppression and how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Black voters. Other participants…

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Joint Center Joins National Urban League Panel on Social Media Regulation & Civil Rights

On October 20, Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined National Urban League (NUL)’s panel entitled Social Media Regulation: The New Frontier in the Fight for Civil Rights. In the panel, Spencer discussed voter suppression, Section 230, and disinformation online. Other panelists include U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, National Black Justice Coalition…

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Joint Center President Answers Additional Questions from Members of Congress on Disinformation and Section 230

Joint Center President Spencer Overton provided additional written responses to questions from Members of Congress after his testimony at the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing entitled, “A Country in Crisis: How Disinformation Online Is Dividing the Nation.” In his…

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Questions on Market Power & Discrimination for Tech CEOs Testifying Before Congress

On July 29, the CEOs of four major tech companies—Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Google/Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg—will testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee to discuss the market power of online platforms. Of the subcommittee’s 13 Members, four belong to the Congressional Black Caucus (including subcommittee Vice Chair Joe…

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Joint Center President Joins Knight Foundation Panel on Free Expression and Misinformation Online

On June 17, Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined the Knight Foundation’s panel, “Free expression v. misinformation online: who decides?” Read Spencer’s opening remarks here. Other panelists included University of Oklahoma College of Law Professor Evelyn Aswad, New York University’s Stern Center for Business and Human Rights Deputy Director Paul Barrett, Stanford Cyber Policy Center…

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