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Julie Owono is the Executive Director of Internet Sans Frontières (Internet Without Borders), and an inaugural member of the Facebook Oversight Board.

At the intersection of Business and Human Rights, her work focuses on creating channels of collaboration between different set of actors of the Internet. She is particularly interested in using multistakeholder approaches to foster collaborations on issues related to online content moderation. Julie is a member of the Global Partnership on AI (AI) created by France and Canada, of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on AI for Humanity, of the WEF Council on the Connected World. She was also a member of UNESCO's Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) for the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, a Member of the World Benchmarking Alliance's Expert Committee on Digital Inclusion, and a Civil Society member of the Global Network Initiative's Board. Julie graduated in International Law from La Sorbonne University in Paris, and practiced as a lawyer at the Paris Bar.



Meta Oversight Board with Julie Owono

BKC Affiliate Julie Owono discusses Facebook and Instagram content moderation via the Meta Oversight Board, of which Owono is an inaugural member, and freedom of expression.

Mar 8, 2023

How a Texas law could impact First Amendment rights and content moderation online

BKC Harvard affiliate Julie Owono discusses online content moderation. "Is it okay in a modern democratic society to leave two private companies the decision on what we can say…

Sep 30, 2022

The complexities of online content moderation

Julie Owono shares why digital rights should have the same protections as offline ones.

Jan 7, 2022
Stanford Cyber Policy Center

What the multi-stakeholder approach can bring to content policy debates

Julie Owono and Niousha Roshani share their ideas for addressing content governance issues online.

Sep 28, 2021
Rest of World

3 Minutes with Julie Owono

Julie Owono shares challenges of maintaining freedom of expression on the internet.

Jun 23, 2021

If Mark Zuckerberg won’t fix Facebook’s algorithms problem, who will?

evelyn douek and Julie Owono talk with Vox Recode about the Facebook Oversight Board

Mar 26, 2021

Let’s fix Facebook’s content issues

Julie Owono says content moderation needs a more global approach

Jan 26, 2021
Harvard Law Today

‘Be the Twitter that you want to see in the world’

Platform governance and the 2020 Presidential Election

Nov 7, 2020
The Guardian

Facebook's long-awaited oversight board to launch before US election

Julie Owono and evelyn douek discuss Facebook Oversight Board

Sep 24, 2020
The New York Times

BKC Community Members Named to Facebook’s Oversight Board

Julie Owono, Nighat Dad, and Ronaldo Lemos will serve on a board tasked with making ultimate content decisions

BKC fellow Julie Owono is named to the Facebook Oversight Board, along with members of the broader BKC community, Nighat Dad and Ronaldo Lemos

May 7, 2020
BBC World Service

Ethiopia’s new law banning online hate speech

Julie Owono explains the concern over the law

Feb 25, 2020

Is it possible to tax access to social networks?

Julie Owono was recently quoted in leading French Magazine L'Express about a social media tax, proposed by a French MP, to fight against hate speech online

Feb 12, 2020

Welcome to the age of uncertainty

If everything can be faked, how can we know anything is real?

Dec 17, 2019
RTS francophone

Julie Owono on the global trend of Internet shutdowns

Owono discusses how Internet shutdowns have evolved in recent years

Nov 23, 2019


Sep 24, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Constitutional Values and the Rule of Law in the AI Era: Confronting a Changing Threat Landscape

Three Part Virtual Symposium - Security, Privacy, and Innovation: Reshaping Law for the AI Era

VIDEO: Security, Privacy, AI, Law

Oct 27, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Election Chaos: Platform Preparations for the US Election

Video & Podcast: A discussion with evelyn douek and Julie Owono

Video & Podcast: Discover how platforms are preparing for disinformation campaigns in the forthcoming US election.