Friday, February 23rd 2018
Georgetown Law | Gewirz 12th floor
8.30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The symposium has wrapped - thanks to our wonderful speakers and to all who joined!

Articles will be published in Volume 2 Issue 2 of The Georgetown Law Technology ReviewYou can also see some of the day's conversation on Twitter at #PlatformLaw

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Join leading academics and policy experts for a day-long symposium on the governance and regulation of information platforms.

Panels will explore:

(1) the roles platforms play as both subjects and sources of governance

(2) the roles platforms play—or might play—in structuring access to information and markets

(3) the role platforms play—or might play—in amplifying or mitigating false information, harassment, and political and social polarization, and how they may mitigate those problems, and

(4) questions of algorithmic accountability.

The conference will bring together academics, policy experts, advocates and regulators for a thought-provoking discussion about information platforms and the challenging governance and regulatory questions they present.



8:30AM     Breakfast & Registration

9:00AM     Welcome 

Dean William Treanor, Georgetown Law

9:15–10:45AM     ŸPanel 1: Governance OF and by Platforms

Paul Ohm, Georgetown Law (moderator)
Julie Cohen, Georgetown Law
Tarleton Gillespie, Microsoft Research
James Grimmelmann, Cornell Tech & Cornell Law School
Mireille Hildebrandt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Sabeel Rahman, Brooklyn Law School

11:00AM-12:30PM     Panel 2: Problems of Access and Entry

Howard Shelanski, Georgetown Law (moderator)
Lina Khan, Open Markets Institute
Chris Marsden, University of Sussex
Gigi Sohn, Georgetown Institute for Technology Law & Policy
Maurice Stucke, University of Tennessee School of Law
Olivier Sylvain, Fordham University School of Law

12:30–1:45PM    Lunch

1:45–3:15PM     Panel 3: Problems of Fact and Value

Kiel Brennan-Marquez, Georgetown Law (moderator)
Derek Bambauer, University of Arizona School of Law
Anupam Chander, UC Davis School of Law
Danielle Citron, University of Maryland School of Law
Cindy Cohn, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Alice Marwick, UNC Chapel Hill

3:30–5:00PM     Panel 4: Coding Regulation vs. Regulating Code

Julie Cohen, Georgetown Law (moderator)
Ed Felten, Princeton University
The Honorable Terrell McSweeny, Federal Trade Commission
Deirdre Mulligan, UC Berkeley School of Information
Paul Ohm, Georgetown Law
Rory Van Loo, Boston University School of Law

5:00–6:00PM     Cocktail Reception (Hotung Atrium)



This event is designed to comply with Congressional ethics rules as a widely-attended event.

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