Unpacking Section 230 with Professor Jeff Kosseff
Date: Jul. 13, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us on Monday, July 13 at 2:00 pm (ET) / 11:00 am (PT) for a discussion about the past, present, and future of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act with Jeff Kosseff, U.S. Naval Academy assistant professor of cybersecurity law and author of The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet and Marshall Kosloff, Lincoln Network’s Director of Media and Outreach.
Professor Kosseff argues that the words “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider” are responsible for much of the modern internet. Yet, he also argues that the broader conversation around Section 230 is confused because the involved parties do not engage with the legislation itself.
As we near the contentious November election, what are the prospects for Section 230 reform? More than two decades after its passage, is there a need for reform? How does (or doesn’t) Section 230 foster free speech, innovation, and viewpoint diversity?
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Law
Cyber Science Department – United States Naval Academy
Jeff Kosseff is an assistant professor of cybersecurity law in the United States Naval Academy’s Cyber Science Department. His latest book, The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet, a history of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, was published in 2019 by Cornell University Press. In 2019, he was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, to support his forthcoming book about the history of anonymous speech in the United States.
Director of Media and Outreach
Marshall Kosloff is the Director of Outreach and Media for the Lincoln Network. He is also a Media Fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he co-hosts The Realignment podcast. Before Lincoln, he was a researcher on PBS’s Firing Line with Margaret Hoover and participated in the Public Interest Fellowship. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oregon. Marshall lives in Washington, DC.