Top Australian Academics Excited For Free Speech in the 21st Century Global Conference

Virtual Conference Will Address Topical Issues About Free Speech From Leaders in Various Fields.

The International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) and Alma Mater Europaea university are thrilled to announce the Free Speech in the 21st Century, a virtual conference discussing how the limits to our freedom of expression are changing with time, will be held on July 3 – 4, 2020.

The conference will have input from speakers from around the world, including Harvard Law Professor Mark Tushnet; András Sajó, a member of Facebook’s Oversight Board and Alma Mater Europaea university Professor Jurij Toplak, who is currently a visiting professor at Fordham University.

The two-day conference will cover one of the most critical issues facing individuals and corporate entities in the twenty-first century. What is free speech in the age of social media and the 24/7 news cycle? The conference is virtual and is free for scholars who want to learn more about this critical and ever evolving issue. Registration is available on the conference website.

Free speech is one of the essential democratic rights, and one of the most controversial. Whether it is Donald Trump’s Twitter account, protests against police, the financing of an election campaign, fake news, or hate speech directed at migrants, immigrants, or minorities, free speech incidents attract intense media coverage and regularly provoke debate as to its limits if any exist.

In today’s digital world, new questions are arising. Should Google, Facebook and Twitter have the authority to censor the contents and close users’ accounts arbitrarily? Or should they stay politically neutral and block users only when users violate specific terms? Given that these social networks are so powerful and can affect global public opinion, should we continue to treat them as regular companies, or should we treat them as public utilities or ads-driven websites?

Event organiser and moderator Jurij Toplak says “this conference will attempt to answer these questions in its sessions with leading constitutional experts as well as members of the social media world.”

The limits to our freedom of expression are changing as our means of communication are changing with social media, texts, smartphones, and more technologies being developed.

This conference will feature unique exploration into crucial freedom of speech issues. It will feature the most prominent names in constitutional law to debate the future of the human right that is so important to democratic societies like Australia.

About The Organisers

Alma Mater Europaea is an international university based in the Austrian city of Salzburg, with campuses in Slovenia and several other countries. It was founded by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, a society of around 2000 prominent scholars, including 32 Nobel laureates.

International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) is an international scholarly association, devoted to the advancement of constitutional law. It provides a forum in which constitutionalists from all parts of the world can research each other’s systems, reflect on their own, and engage in fruitful comparison.

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