Course: Free Speech, Democracy and the Internet


Nathaniel Persily, Stanford Law School
Monika Bickert, Facebook

Date and Time

January 14, 2020 4:15 PM - 6:15 PM



Open to the public.

RSVP required by 5PM March 10.


  • Stanford Law School, Room 280B
  • 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305

FSI Contact

Corissa Paris,

Monika Bickert and Nate Persily

The Program on Democracy and the Internet's course, Free Speech, Democracy and the Internet begins January 7 and  is hosted by Nathaniel Persily, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, and Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management at Facebook. The course will be hosted every Tuesday, from January 7 to March 10, 2020, from 4:15 – 6:15 PM and is open to the public. Guest speakers from academia and the technology sector will cover topics including disinformation, polarization, hate speech, political advertising, media transformation, and more. Please RSVP.

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January 14 |  Platform Regulation
Daphne Keller, Director, Program on Platform Governance, Cyber Policy Center
Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, Boston University Law School (virtual)

January 21 | Platform Self Governance and the Rule of Law
Kate Klonick, Assistant Professor of Law, St. John's University Law School (virtual)
Heather Moore, Governance and Strategic Initiatives, Facebook
Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director, Cyber Policy Center

January 28 | Disinformation
Clement Wolf, Global Public Policy Lead, Google
Adam Berinsky, Mitsui Professor of Political Science, MIT
Kevin Munger, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics, Penn State University

February 4 | Disinformation and Digital Literacy
Eszter Hargittai, Professor, Institute of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich
Nick Pickles, Director, Public Policy Strategy, Twitter
Alex Leavitt, Quantitative UX Researcher, Facebook
Christian Vaccari, Professor of Political Communication, Loughborough University

February 11 | Hate Speech and Polarization
Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics, NYU
Alexandra Siegel, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford Immigration Policy Lab
Pablo Barbera, Research Scientist, Facebook

February 18 | Privacy
Anna Zeiter, Chief Privacy Officer, Ebay
Albert Gidari, Consulting Director of Privacy, The Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School
Jennifer King, Director of Consumer Privacy, The Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law School

February 25 | Cybersecurity and Information Operations
Alex Stamos, Director, Stanford Internet Observatory, Cyber Policy Center
Renee Diresta, Research Manager, Stanford Internet Observatory, Cyber Policy Center

March 3 | Political Advertising and the 2020 Election
Travis Ridout, Professor of Government and Public Policy, Washington State University
Aleksandra Korolova, WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Southern

March 10 | Media/Journalism
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism