Regulating Social Media [2020 NLC Live]

Federal statutes, like the Communications Decency Act (and its Section 230), as well as more federal common-law disciplines, like antitrust laws, have played a role in the development and evolution of modern technology and online platforms we use every day. What role will or should federal law play in protecting future innovation, growth, and competition in today’s fast-changing online era in which massive data sets are the most precious commodity, the next generation of innovators are often acquired before they turn their first profit, and online ecosystems often have the freedom to make their own rules? In light of recent public policy debates and investigations by federal and state antitrust enforcers, this panel takes stock of where communications and antitrust law stand and where they may go following the 2020 elections.


  • Hon. Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • Mr. Harold Feld, Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge
  • Ms. Kathleen Ham, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, T-Mobile
  • Hon. Christine Wilson, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • Moderator: Hon. Duane Benton, United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

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