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Bridging the gap: Safeguarding online freedom across the Atlantic

Das Alexander von Humboldt Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG) und das Deutsche Wissenschafts- und Innovationshaus (DWIH) laden in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Generalkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, dem Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) und dem UNESCO-Lehrstuhl für Kommunikations- und Informationsfreiheit zu einer öffentlichen Podiumsdiskussion in New York ein. Die Veranstaltung findet auf Englisch statt und kann per Livestream mitverfolgt werden.


Bridging the gap: Safeguarding Online Freedom Across the Atlantic

Public panel discussion
Monday, 29 April 2024
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.| New York time (ET)
5:30 p.m – 7 p.m | Berlin time (CET)

Consulate General of Germany, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
Arrival and Coffee from 11:00 a.m. (ET)


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How do we balance the complexities of managing what people say online with protecting their right to speak freely? As public communication increasingly shifts to online and social media platforms, the question of ensuring freedom of expression becomes more pressing. Legal frameworks in the US and Europe offer different approaches: In the US, the First Amendment only permits minimal government restrictions. This allows social media platforms a wide leeway in moderating content. The extent of this latitude is currently being discussed before the Supreme Court.

In contrast,  EU member states usually have rules to combat hate speech and discrimination. This obliges platforms to remove specific content to comply with local laws. Yet new rules, like the Digital Services Act, which recently came fully into force, the Digital Markets Act, and the future AI Act, are bound to increase Europe’s normative power.

Power struggles over speech regimes are certain to arrive. This is because the globally active platforms based in the US ‘export’ the US approach to free speech via their terms of service. But European approaches to regulation are also being ‘exported’ as international reference points through a process, known as the Brussels effect.

The future of free speech online hangs in the balance as new rules try to respond to new challenges. This is an ideal time to engage in a transatlantic dialogue on this issue and explore what lessons can be learned – and how communicative spaces can be built for the future.


Ellen P. Goodman, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers Law School and Visiting Professor at Yale Law School, formerly Senior Advisor for Algorithmic Justice at U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

Zoe Darmé, Senior Manager on Consumer Trust at Google, formerly content governance and moderation at Facebook

Chinmayi Arun, Executive Director of the Information Society Project and a Research Scholar at Yale Law School

Peter Micek, General Counsel and UN Policy Manager at Access Now


Sumi Somaskanda, Chief Presenter at BBC News, will serve as a moderator.

David Gill, German Consul General in New York, will open the event with a welcome address.

Wolfgang Schulz, Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, will provide a brief introduction to the topic.

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Datum der Veranstaltung

29.04.2024 | 11.30 am – 1.00 pm ical | gcal


Consulate General of Germany,  871 United Nations Plaza,  NY 10017 New York


Wolfgang Schulz, Prof. Dr.



Diese exklusive Vorlesungsreihe entwickelt eine europäische Perspektive zu den aktuellen Transformationsprozessen innerhalb unserer Gesellschaft.


Einmal im Monat laden wir ausgewählte Gäste ein, um gemeinsam mit dem Publikum über die Auswirkungen der Digitalisierung auf die Gesellschaft zu sprechen.


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