Seminar with Russel Weaver in Law & Informatics and Public Law, Jun 19, 2019

From Gutenberg to the Internet: Free Speech, Advancing Technology and the Implications for Democracy

When: June 19 at 17-19
Where: The Faculty Room, 8th floor House C, Stockholm University

Professor Russell Weaver, Professor of Law & Distinguished University Scholar University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law is a renowned expert on Privacy and Freedom of Speech, will present his book From Gutenberg to the Internet: Free Speech, Advancing Technology and the Implications for Democracy.

The history of free expression is inextricably intertwined with advances in speech technology. However, until recently, most forms of communication were limited and controlled by so-called “gatekeepers” who had the power to limit or control the ability of ordinary individuals to communicate with each other. With the advent of the Internet and new forms of technology (e.g., personal computers, iPhones, etc.), people have much greater capacity to communicate with each other. Although both governments and private entities have attempted to control discourse over the Internet, new technologies have enabled ordinary individuals to more easily communicate with each other and to participate in the political process. As a result, the Internet is reshaping political debate and political action all over the world. However, this increased ability to communicate comes with potential downsides: “fake news” and the ability for outsiders to attempt to unduly influence foreign elections.

The seminar will be held in English. Refreshments will be served after the seminar.

Welcome with you registration to Jane.Reichel@juridicum.su.se no later than June 16

Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg and Jane Reichel

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