Symposium Examines Freedom of Speech and the Internet

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UNC School of Law First Amendment Law Review will host its seventh annual symposium, "Cyberspeech," on Feb. 20, 2009, in collaboration with the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy. Check-in opens at 9 a.m., and the event is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UNC School of Law, 160 Ridge Road, Chapel Hill.  

Symposium speakers will discuss internet speech and the implications and protections of the First Amendment right of freedom of speech. This year's keynote speaker is Paul Jones, director of ibiblio. Jones is a clinical associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the School of Information and Library Science. In addition to the keynote speech, three panel discussions will focus on internet service provider (ISP) liability, network neutrality, and cyber-bullying.

Additional speakers include:               

  • Susan Brenner, NCR Distinguished Professor of Law and Technology , University of Dayton School of Law
  • Clay Calvert, John and Ann Curley Professor of First Amendment Studies and Co-Director of the Pennsylvania Center for the First Amendment, Penn State University
  • Robert Frieden, Pioneers Chair and Professor of Telecommunications and Law, Penn State University
  • John Morris , General Counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology's Internet Standards, Technology, and Policy Project
  • Dawn Nunziato, Associate Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources, Harvard Law School
  • Robert Richards, Distinguished Professor of Journalism and Law and Co-Director of the Pennsylvania Center for the First Amendment, Penn State University
  • Hannibal Travis, Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law
  • Alfred Yen, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School

The symposium is open to the public. Lunch will be provided on-site. UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff are admitted free; students from other schools are admitted for $5; other guests may attend for $40. N.C. State Bar members will be eligible to earn continuing legal education hours.  

To register or for more information, email or visit  

-February 18, 2009

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