276.35 sec. 001 - Social Media Law (Fall 2021)
Instructor: Bryn Williams
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Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person
- M 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 12
From August 16, 2021
To October 04, 2021
Course End: October 04, 2021
Class Number: 31985
Enroll Limit: 41
As of: 10/16 04:46 PM
Billions of people now use social media to create, disseminate, and consume information. The social and political impacts of this relatively new form of human interaction are incredibly complex and regularly dominate headlines around the globe. This course will examine some of the legal issues that have uniquely developed around social media. Topics will include: The history of the Communications Decency Act and proposals for its reform; whether legislation should require--or restrict the ability of--social media companies to edit user information and whether the First Amendment would constrain such legislation; efforts to protect vulnerable populations from exploitation through social media; the role of social media in spreading and combating disinformation and what, if anything, the law can do about it; privacy and the ownership of user information in the world of “big data” and targeted advertising; whether the antitrust laws can or should be applied to social media platforms; and the various models of content self-moderation deployed by social media companies. We will also discuss and contrast approaches to regulating social media in the United States and Europe.
Bryn Williams is an attorney at Keker, Van Nest & Peters where he represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation and intellectual property disputes and advises individuals and businesses on pre-dispute matters.
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