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First Five Now: What is Section 230 and Why Should I Care?
April 29 @ 2:00 pm EDTFree
Jeff Kosseff, a cybersecurity law professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, talks about the history and future of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Created in 1996, Section 230 is considered one of the most consequential laws governing speech on the internet and essentially protects sites like Facebook and Twitter from liability for content created by their users.
In recent months, there has been a renewed debate over Section 230, with some arguing that the law gives tech companies too much power to restrict what appears on their sites, while others posit that companies bear too little responsibility.
Kosseff will discuss the relationship between the First Amendment and Section 230 and the current Capitol Hill battle over the law’s future.
Kosseff is the author of “The Twenty-Six Words that Created the Internet,” which provides a nonfiction, narrative history of Section 230.
This program will premiere April 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern on our YouTube channel.
First Five Now is a Freedom Forum conversation that explores topical issues and features current newsmakers who are using the five freedoms of the First Amendment to guide their work.