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Constitutionalizing Speech Platforms
Luncheon Series

Constitutionalizing Speech Platforms

Featuring Kate Klonick and Thomas Kadri with members of the BKC community


We're never going to get a global set of norms for online speech, but do the platforms pick our global values and constitutionalize them? Something to tie them to the mast when hard issues arise? What would those values even be?

Kate Klonick and Thomas Kadri along with panelists, Chinmayi Arun, Kendra Albert, and Jonathan Zittrain with moderation by Elettra Bietti, engage in this discussion.

Kate Klonick is an Assistant Professor of Law at St. John's University Law School and an Affiliate Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School and New America. She holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Senior Editor at The Georgetown Law Journal and the Founding Editor of the The Georgetown Law Journal Online; and a PhD from Yale Law School where she studied under Jack Balkin, Tom Tyler, and Josh Knobe.  Between law school and her time at Yale, she clerked for the Hon. Richard C. Wesley of the Second Circuit and the Hon. Eric N. Vitaliano of the Eastern District of New York.

Kate has a background in cognitive psychology which she applies to the study of emerging issues in law and technology. Specifically, this has included research and work on the Internet's effect on freedom of expression and private platform governance. She writes and works on issues related to online shaming, artificial intelligence, robotics, content moderation, algorithms, privacy, and intellectual property.

Her work on these topics has appeared in the Harvard Law ReviewMaryland Law ReviewNew York TimesThe AtlanticSlateThe Guardian and numerous other publications. 

Thomas Kadri is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale Law School, a Resident Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, and a Mellon Fellow.  His research looks at the impact of networked technologies on criminal and tort law, with a particular focus on the constitutional implications of cybersecurity and content moderation on online platforms.  He is currently working on an article about how platforms are using anti-hacking laws like the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to police “public” parts of the internet.  His work has been published or is forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the Maryland Law Review, the New York Times, and Slate.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School, where he teaches Cybercrime.



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Past Event
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET
Harvard Law School Wasserstein Hall
Milstein East C (Room 2036, Second Floor)
Cambridge, MA 02138 US

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