Monthly Archives: August 2015

IGF-USA 2015 panel: Truth and Trolls

Photo by William M Cunningham on Twitter.

Photo by William M Cunningham on Twitter.

“Truth and Trolls” was an awesome panel discussion, organized by Cloudflare at the Internet Governance Forum USA 2015 Conference in Washington, D.C. on July 16, 2015. The panel looked at ways of dealing with toxic speech while protecting free speech online.

We talked about the current state of online discussions, the difficulty of controlling those who “troll” and tried to find answers to questions like, “Are there better ways to preserve freedom of speech and civility online? Are there ways to use the Internet to fact-check posts and to ostracize or shame trolls? How could hate speech laws end up limiting free speech online?”

Other members of the panel included:

Greg Barber – Director of Digital News Project, The Washington Post
Jennifer Hanley – Director of Legal and Policy, Family Online Safety Institute
Courtney Radsch – Director of Committee to Protect Journalists
Lara A. Ballard – Special Advisor for privacy and technology in the Office of Communications and Information Policy, Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs (EEB/CIP), Department of State
Moderated by: Heather West – Public Policy, Cloudflare

Here’s a Storify summary of the panel discussion.

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