Free Speech in the Internet Age: True threats, the right to be forgotten, and net neutrality

Today I had the privilege of organizing an event for the Sports, Entertainment, and Media Law Society at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center titled, “Free Speech in the Internet Age: True threats, the right to be forgotten, and net neutrality.” We were honored to have three experts speak on these three important free speech topics that continue to evolve as the Internet progresses.

LSU law professor Michael Coenen spoke about the true threat doctrine, focusing on the upcoming case before the United States Supreme Court of Elonis v. United StatesOral arguments are set for Dec. 1. Then, Eric Robinson, the co-director of press law and democracy project at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, explained the right to be forgotten in the EU. He published his Powerpoint presentation from today’s event on his blog. Finally, ACLU representative Stephen Dixon discussed net neutrality and how it has recently become a partisan issue.

unnamedThese three topics—true threats online, the right to be forgotten, and net neutrality—will be crucial in shaping how speech freedoms persevere in the Internet Age.


Comedian John Oliver explains net neutrality

I’ve previously discussed the importance of net neutrality on my blog, but some things are best explained by comedians. In a summer episode of “Last Week Tonight” on HBO, British-born comedian John Oliver tells the compelling tale of net neutrality.


Net neutrality piece featured on The Interdisciplinary Internet Institute

“Net neutrality” has been one of the buzz phrases of 2014 as the FCC reviews regulations that could potentially change the way the Internet functions. Recently, President Barack Obama spoke in support of net neutrality. The Interdisciplinary Internet Institute published a brief piece I wrote discussing the issue and Obama’s latest statements.

Stay tuned for future updates on the issue.