Broadband Breakfast: Big Tech & Speech Summit
Clyde’s of Gallery Place
707 7th Street NW
Washington , DC 20006
Time: 8:30 AM- 3:30 PM EST
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Broadband Breakfast is pleased to announce the Big Tech & Speech Summit, an exclusive forum addressing the red-hot controversies impacting Big Tech in Washington. With new antitrust cases, plus new controversies over Section 230 and content moderation, you won’t want to miss this event at Clyde’s of Gallery Place on Thursday, March 9. The full-day program is available for $299, with breakfast and lunch included in the price. Registrants also receive unlimited access to the event videos and two months’ complimentary membership in the Breakfast Club.
President Joe Biden recently made the case that “The risks Big Tech poses for ordinary Americans are clear,” and alleged widespread harms including cyberstalking, child sexual exploitation, worsening mental health and “toxic online echo chambers.” The President presented a three-fold challenge to Big Tech on Section 230, privacy and competition. After an introductory Panel 1 on the big picture about Big Tech, the event will consider each of these three complaints.
PANEL 2: THE FRAGILITY OF SECTION 230
In his op-ed, the President said, “we need Big Tech companies to take responsibility for the content they spread and the algorithms they use.” Panel 2 will address content moderation, political polarization and Biden’s call to “fundamentally reform Section 230.
In his op-ed, the President said, “we need Big Tech companies to take responsibility for the content they spread and the algorithms they use.” Panel 2 will address content moderation, political polarization and Biden’s call to “fundamentally reform Section 230.”
Section 230 has been referred to as “the 26 words that created the internet.” The law allows online platforms to engage in content moderation without accepting liability for third-party content. With the Supreme Court digging deeply into the law, the internet’s foundation might be at risk. Plus, Congress is considering proposals to require greater transparency of platforms’ algorithms. Others want to force social networks to be hands-off. Still others want them to more actively police misinformation. Who will force changes upon Section 230 practices: The President, Congress, the High Court or the marketplace?
- Cathy Gellis, Attorney
- Emma Llansó, Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy & Technology
- Ashley Johnson, Senior Policy Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
- Ron Yokubaitis, Founder, Texas.net, Inc