As the Supreme Court recently stated, today, “the most important place…for the exchange of views…is cyberspace.” Packingham v. North Carolina, 137 S. Ct. 1730, 1735 (2017). There is “no basis for qualifying the level of First Amendment scrutiny that should be applied” online. Reno v. Am. Civil Liberties Union, 521 U.S. 844,868, 870 (1997). Yet, despite the high Court’s staunch defense of the First Amendment (at least relative to its halfhearted defense of Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights), gloom and despair dominate public discourse regarding free speech and the lawsuits concerning speech on the internet are unprecedented. Is free speech in decline or more powerful than ever?
From going head-to-head with social media behemoths like Facebook and Twitter, to maintaining the surge of privacy suits in a not-so-private world…to protecting minors from varying levels of “indecency”…to protecting the public at large from the instantaneous spread of “dangerous” information and “hateful speech”…to upholding the fundamental values of the First Amended in an unprecedented era where speech culture is continuously being redefined, the competing interests are endless. Needless to say, the tug and pull between these interests were amplified in the preceding year and continue to be the epicenter of heated debate.
Join our excellent panel and learn about the interplay of legal, cultural, and ethical factors impacting free speech in this cyberworld. Topics to be covered will include:
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Program: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Networking & Q&A: 1:00pm - 1:30pm
CLE: 1 Hour General CLE Credit
CLE+ Members Free
LACBA Members: Free
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