Engelberg Center Events

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NYU Law Forum—Could the Internet Break Democracy?

April 15, 2021
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Could free speech, long considered a defining element of liberal democracy, also bring about its undoing? In recent years, a deluge of falsehoods, conspiracy theories, foreign-government sponsored disinformation, and hate speech in the media—particularly social media—has put this proposition to the test. People on the right have accused major platforms of selectively censoring conservative views; liberals have decried the failure of the same outlets to rein in hate speech and lies, including about the outcome of the 2020 election. Lawmakers on both sides have called for reforming, or even abolishing, Section 230 liability protections for social media. What would be the consequences of such changes, and are there alternative solutions? Should Twitter and Facebook be able to “deplatform” national leaders, as they and others did with Donald Trump? Are there steps that can and should be taken to address content algorithms that steer users towards extremism? At this Forum, Co-Hosted by the Engelberg Center, Dean Trevor Morrison and a panel of experts will address the issues that lie at the intersection of media, democracy, and speech.

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From New Delhi to New York: The Global State of Local Facial Recognition Regulations

April 16, 2021
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Co-sponsored by the Engelberg Center, Internet Freedom, The Information Law Institute, and the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP), this panel discussion will explore the evolving regulatory environment for facial recognition technology in the United States and around the world.  It brings together policy experts from New York, London, and New Delhi to explore how facial recognition is used and regulated in their respective communities, reviewing ongoing advocacy campaigns.

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Fake Symposium

November 11 & 12, 2021
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While the law is often forced to make binary distinctions between what is real and what is fake, that distinction can be much more fluid in broader society. The Fake Symposium explores the distinction between the real and the fake in a number of different contexts, and how well that understanding in the legal context maps on to societal expectations.


You can learn more about previous Engelberg Center events on our past events page.

The Engelberg Center also hosts the Innovation Policy Colloquium, a unique event focusing each spring on different aspects of the law's role in promoting creativity, invention, and new technology.