Feb. 23 Symposium: The Governance & Regulation of Information Platforms

February 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy will host a full-day symposium on the governance and regulation of information platforms on Friday, Feb. 23.


From Facebook to Amazon to internet search engines and service providers, information platforms have ever greater power to shape our society and our personal lives. As they offer increased connectedness and convenience, how should companies govern themselves to protect privacy, increase transparency and address damaging content such as fake news, revenge porn, hate speech and extremism? Where should government step in — and how should policymakers promote competition, access and affordability? During the symposium’s four panels, leading experts from academia and the policy arena will discuss pressing questions and proposed solutions for regulating a dramatically-reordered information landscape.


Terrell McSweeny – Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission

Gigi Sohn – Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy; former Counselor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission

Alexandra Reeve Givens – Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Technology Law & Policy; former Chief Counsel for IP & Antitrust, Senate Judiciary Committee

Lina Khan – Director of Legal Policy, Open Markets Institute

Cindy Cohn – Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Ed Felten – Director of the Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University; former Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Paul Ohm – Professor, Georgetown Law; former senior policy advisor to the Federal Trade Commission

Julie Cohen – Professor, Georgetown Law; Advisory Board Member, Electronic Privacy Information Center

Tarleton Gillespie – Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England

James Grimmelmann, Cornell Tech and Cornell Law School · Mireille Hildebrandt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel · Sabeel Rahman, Brooklyn Law School · Chris Marsden, University of Sussex · Maurice Stucke, University of Tennessee School of Law · Olivier Sylvain, Fordham University School of Law · Kiel BrennanMarquez, Yale Law School · Derek Bambauer, University of Arizona School of Law · Anupam Chander, University of California, Davis, School of Law · Danielle Citron, University of Maryland School of Law · Alice Marwick, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · Deirdre Mulligan, University of California, Berkeley · Rory Van Loo, Boston University School of Law


Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A full schedule is available here.


Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
600 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001


Media welcome. Please RSVP to mediarelations@law.georgetown.edu