5/18/2018 | Anette Beebe Presents at Internet Lawyers Leadership Summit in Las Vegas, NV
With colleagues who have expertise in all areas of internet law from around the county, and from the United Kingdom, Anette Beebe joined the group for the summer session of Internet Lawyers Leadership Summit ("ILLS") held in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 17-18, 2018. Following up on her prior presentations at ILLS Ms. Beebe presented on updates relating to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act including the new FOSTA-SESTA law, issues surrounding Backpage.com, and updates on case law including covering the oral argument held before the California Supreme Court in Hassell v. Bird which she co-authored an amicus brief in support of Yelp.
5/7/2018 | Anette Beebe attends COMO: Content Moderation at Scale conference in Washington, DC
As a continuation from the first Content Moderation conference held at Santa Clara Law in early February 2018 the collective brain trust including legal and privacy professionals from major internet sites/platforms (Match Group, Vimeo, TripAdvisor, Twitter, Twitch, Automattic, Facebook, GitHub, Google, Wikimedia, and TechDirt) and many other organizations including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a representative from Europol, gathered together to continue exploring the vexing challenges that Internet platforms face in moderating content online including the recent phenomena like #deepfakes, Russian election interference, and extremist content.
3/2/2018 | Anette Beebe attends the ABA's 23rd Annual Forum on Communications Law
"Three solid days of Communications Law may sound boring to many but for me it's amazing!" said Anette. For three solid days, pro First Amendment counsel from across the country, and even from accross the pond, i.e., London, gathered together to discuss hot topics in the law ranging from Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, to Trademark and Copyright infringment cases, to website/platform content moderation and removal issues, and yes, even privacy and security including the new European Union ("EU") regulation known as the General Data Privacy Regulation ("GDPR" for short). When you have lawyers who are either from or representing media outlets like CNN, Fox and the Associated Press, mixed with counsel for organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation ("EFF") and Yelp!, you can be sure that there is no shortage in conversation and sharing of knowledge.
2/2/2018 | Anette Beebe attends the Content Moderation and Removal at Scale conference at Santa Clara Law.
Gathered together with other legal and privacy professions from major internet sites/platforms (Automattic, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Medium, Nextdoor, Pinterest, Reddit, Wikimedia and Yelp) to have rich discussions on the difficulties that User Generated Content (UGC) sites have when it comes to content moderation and subsequent removal requests. Echoed at the conference was how being middle man is a difficult position to be in. How much do you censor? What if the information is really icky but documented history? Do you still censor it? Where can machines/bots/algorithms be helpful in automating processes and where do you still need human interaction? What is happening with the mental health of all those who have to moderate out bad/extreme content and how do you combat those very real problems? Concerns for employee safety on these platforms... "I help address these issues for website clients on a regular basis and there is no easy one size fits all solution." said Anette
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