Program Details

Section 230:  Speech Freedom vs Responsibility on the Internet

Stephen Kowel

Course Description

Section 230 is a Federal Communications rule that frees all Internet service providers from liability for the material on websites. Not only are they free from libel suits, but they do not have to disclose the source of what they post, and they are free to arrange what we find when we search. At the end of 2020, President Trump's veto of the Defense Authorization Bill, because it did not include the repeal of Section 230, was overridden by Congress. This issue will undoubtedly re-emerge in 2022. The current situation and possible remedies will be discussed. Space is limited.

About the Instructor

  • Stephen Kowel, Ph.D., earned his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He has held faculty positions at Syracuse University, the University of California, Davis, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the University of Cincinnati, where he also served as dean of the College of Engineering. He has been elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and of the Optical Society of America (OPTICA).