Parallel Session #9

Yahoo! - “Dangerous” Speech and Intermediary Liability: Balancing the chilling impact of government regulation of speech with security online

This panel constituted an attempt to identify solutions to the problem of “dangerous speech”, which was defined as speech that can be used to galvanize violence, without sacrificing freedom of expression. Examples of mobile and Internet networks being used to spread such messages include Kenya and, more dramatically, Syria, raising questions about the role of businesses in this equation. However, the panel agreed that criminal liability or taking down the content in question won’t solve the problem. Counter-speech and a broad-based campaign led by influential individuals to propagate social norms online were proposed as possible solutions.