The Politics of Google and Global Speech, Oct. 11

Team Kenan kicks off it’s fall series The Politics of… October 11th with a conversation with The Politics of Google and Global Speech. The recent controversy surrounding Youtube’s role in hosting (and in selected cases blocking access to) the inflammatory video trailer for “The Innocence of Muslims” has raised many questions about the role of corporations in policing speech around the world. Google’s stance on free speech closely mirrors laws and norms in the United States, but those same policies chafe with policy and culture in many parts of the globe. Is this a case of American cultural imperialism? Is this an example of the Internet making the world more free? Should states or corporations be the arbiters of what information people can access? Ken Rogerson, Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Sanford School of Public Policy will join us to talk about how to corporate policy and culture intersect—and what, if anything, we should do about it.

What: The Politics of Google and Global Speech
Where: Link Seminar Room 2, Perkins Library
When: October 11th at 6pm

This event is free and open to the public.