Jeffrey Rosen, of The George Washington University Law School, discusses "The Deciders v. The First Amendment: Regulating Global Free Speech in an Age of Mobile Technology?" in the first Jurimetrics Lecture.
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Today, lawyers at Google, Facebook, and Twitter have more power over who can speak and who can be heard than any king, president or Supreme Court justice. But American protections for free speech are being strenuously resisted in Europe and the Middle East, where there are growing pressures to ban group libel and other speech that offends the dignity of religious and ethnic groups. In this lecture, Rosen will explore how the deciders can reconcile their obligation to enforce national laws about speech with a determination to keep the Internet free and open.
Rosen is a professor of law at The George Washington University Law School. He is the author of "The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America" and "The Most Democratic Branch," among other books. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, criminal procedure, privacy issues and privacy of cyberspace.