Democracy & Elections

The Lawfare Podcast: Jillian C. York on Free Expression on a Broken Internet

Jen Patja, Kate Klonick, Quinta Jurecic, Jillian C. York
Thursday, July 30, 2020, 12:00 PM

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This week on Lawfare's Arbiters of Truth series on disinformation, Kate Klonick and Quinta Jurecic spoke with Jillian C. York, the director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She’s been an activist working on issues of internet freedom and free expression for many years, which gives her a unique perspective on debates over disinformation and platform governance. Jillian and Kate discussed Facebook’s Oversight Board—the entity designed to provide accountability for the platform’s content moderation decisions—whose development they have watched closely, and about which Kate has written a recent article. They also discussed why Jillian thinks content moderation is broken, what technology companies could do better and how discussions of platform governance tend to focus on the United States to the exclusion of much of the rest of the world.



Jen Patja is the editor and producer of The Lawfare Podcast and Rational Security. She currently serves as the Co-Executive Director of Virginia Civics, a nonprofit organization that empowers the next generation of leaders in Virginia by promoting constitutional literacy, critical thinking, and civic engagement. She is the former Deputy Director of the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier and has been a freelance editor for over 20 years.
Kate Klonick is an Assistant Professor at Law at St. John's University Law School, an Affiliate Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, and Future Tense Fellow at New America. Her research and writing looks at networked technologies' effect on the areas of social norm enforcement, freedom of expression, and private online governance. Her work on these topics has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Maryland Law Review, New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Slate, The Guardian and numerous other publications.
Quinta Jurecic is a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a senior editor at Lawfare. She previously served as Lawfare's managing editor and as an editorial writer for the Washington Post.
Jillian York is the director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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