Past eventUnder 35s Forum

Free Speech in the Age of Social Media

28 November 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Bernie Hogan, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Elizabeth Linder, Government and Politics Specialist, Facebook
Dina Shiloh, Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Chair: Jonathan Knight, Research Associate, Director's Office and Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Chatham House



Social media has brought into focus the differing attitudes to freedom of speech across the world. While some nations place few restrictions on social media content, others have tried, with varying success, to constrain political debate and enforce social norms. Attempts to adjudicate between these approaches at a global level have been hampered by the lack of clarity over jurisdictional authority on the internet.

The panel will discuss the contexts in which freedom of speech might legitimately be constrained in social media. They will also look at the roles that the public and private sectors might play in preserving its positive aspects, while limiting content which might have harmful consequences.

This event will be followed by a reception.

This is an Under 35s Forum event.