Saturday, June 02, 2018

Announcing Roundtable: Human Rights and the Business of Social Media (City University of Hong Kong, 25 June 2018)

Roundtable on
Human Rights and the Business of Social Media

Date and time: Monday, 25 June 2018 (9:30am – 12:30pm)
Venue: P5401, 5/F, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of HK

The Human Rights Law and Policy Forum (HRLF) of the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong will organise a Roundtable on “Human Rights and the Business of Social Media” on 25 June 2018. The discussion leaders include

A limited number of spaces are available on a first come first serve basis. For registration, please send an email to:
 More information follows.

Against the backdrop of recent controversy regarding Facebook’s failure to protect the personal data of its users and concerns related to the spread of ‘fake news’ or ‘religious hatred’ on social media platforms, this Roundtable will explore how social media is impacting the existing human rights discourse and what new challenges it is posing to the conventional approaches of regulating the behaviour of both individuals and businesses.

A panel of experts will lead discussion on issues such as the following:

Ø  Is social media ‘media’?  How social is it?
Ø  How should social media deal with different shades of truth?
Ø  What are the positive and negative human rights impacts of social media?
Ø  What are the rights and responsibilities of social media companies?
Ø  How to regulate social media: what role for states, businesses and individuals?

Discussion leaders include
Larry Backer Professor of Law and International Affairs, Penn State University, USA
Jernej Letnar Černič Associate Professor, Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Slovenia
Surya Deva   Associate Professor, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sarah Joseph Professor and Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, Australia
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