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#SMWLDN September 12-16, 2016

GLOBAL KEYNOTE, Freedom of Tweet: Censorship, Governments, Marketers & The Law

GLOBAL KEYNOTE, Freedom of Tweet: Censorship, Governments, Marketers & The Law


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Global Keynote: Freedom of Tweet: Censorship, Governments, Marketers & The Law,  Tuesday the 14th Februry, 3pm – 5pm

Chinwag proudly present the Global Keynote with Mark Stephens CBE, Senior Partner, Finers Stephens Innocent at the main Hub for this year’s Social Media Week London, The Design Council, sponsored by Google +.

The last 12 months have shown us just how truly transformative the Internet can be: the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Wikileaks and the continued aggregation of private data into global corporates.

But with great power, comes great responsibility. From individual users, to the corporate world, to governments and lawmakers the challenges are coming thick and fast: from the courtroom to the boardroom to the living room.

This global keynote interview features Mark Stephens CBE, one of the UK’s leading legal minds, a veteran of Wikileaks & Hackgate, reknowned for his take on global freedom of speech and censorship.

The Internet may (almost) seamlessly cross international boundaries, but the same can’t be said for legislation, regulation and those who police the online realm.

Who says what’s safe? What’s acceptable? To paraphrase A Few Good Men, “Son, we live in a world that has (fire)walls, and those (fire)walls have to be guarded by men with keyboards”.

This interview, including plenty of time for Q&A will look at:

  • Commercial guardians of private data: Facebook, AOL and the implications for the future
  • The apparent creeping censorship and Twitter’s new T&Cs that enable pre-country filtering
  • The law of unintended consequences and knee-jerk legislation: Digital Economy Act, SOPA, PIPA
  • Social media in the court room and its impact on the relationship between jurors, judges, lawyers and reporters
  • The criminalisation of speech around the world, free press and the impact on journalists and publishers

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