Free speech in a digital world

On Friday 21st September, RUMLAE member Dr Colette Langos (University of Adelaide Law School) and co-presenter Associate Professor Wanda Cassidy (Centre for Education, Law and Society, Simon Fraser University) gave a plenary presentation at the National Law-Related Conference – Free Speech Today, American Bar Association (Division for Public Health) held in Chicago, United States. The paper presented was titled ‘Freedom of speech in a digital world: What are the challenges, education opportunities, and the role of government?’. Themes discussed included: research into harmful online behaviours; justifications for encroaching upon the right to free speech and expression; educational, technological and legislative initiatives implemented in Canada and Australia; and the important role that law-related and civic education can and should play in addressing how young people interact in our digital world.


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