2024 Hargrove Colloquium: Media Law in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (4/13/2024) - On April 16, 2024, the Center for Media Law and Policy will be hosting the 2024 Hargrove Colloquium.  The topic for this year’s colloquium is Media Law in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Come hear from David McCraw, deputy general counsel at The New York Times Co. and author of the book Truth in Our Times: Inside […]
New UNC Center on Technology Policy (4/28/2022) - I’m thrilled that UNC is launching a new center focused on technology policy!  The UNC Center on Technology Policy (CTP) will hold its first public event on Friday, April 29, but they have already been working hard — and having an impact — on the conversation about how to regulate online content, with a fantastic […]
Alaska, Colorado, and Virginia Enact Sponsorship Disclosure Requirements for Online Political Advertisements (2/9/2022) - In partnership with the UNC Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP), the Center for Media Law and Policy has been researching and summarizing state laws that impose disclosure and/or recordkeeping requirements on online platforms that carry digital political advertisements.  Digital political ads have become an increasingly important tool for political candidates and committees, […]
State Regulation of Election-Related Speech in the U.S.: An Overview and Comparative Analysis (8/5/2021) - I’m excited to announce that the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, in partnership with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP), just published a research report titled State Regulation of Election-Related Speech in the U.S.: An Overview and Comparative Analysis. The report presents a comprehensive analysis of state efforts to regulate the content […]
Addressing the Decline of Local News, Rise of Platforms, and Spread of Mis- and Disinformation Online: A Summary of Current Research and Policy Proposals (1/15/2021) - I’m thrilled to announce that the Center for Media Law and Policy recently published a research paper titled “Addressing the Decline of Local News, Rise of Platforms, and Spread of Mis- and Disinformation Online: A Summary of Current Research and Policy Proposals.” The whitepaper grew out of a workshop the Center hosted in November 2019 […]
Faculty and Student Opportunities at UNC’s Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) (5/15/2020) - UNC’s recently launched Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) is looking for faculty and students to join its growing community, including faculty research fellows, faculty affiliates, and graduate student affiliates. CITAP is a bold initiative at UNC dedicated to researching, understanding, and responding to the growing impact of the internet, social media, and other […]
Immerse Yourself in IP and Media Law at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning (2/6/2019) - One of the biggest annual events at the UNC School of Law is the Festival of Legal Learning. This two-day convocation of legal geekery comprises 113 different continuing legal education (CLE) sessions and 152 speakers. For the past few years, the Center for Media Law and Policy has helped with the selection and coordination of […]
Center’s Research Fellow Co-Authors Article on OnionDNS in Information Security Journal (11/9/2017) - Rachael Jones, the Center for Media Law and Policy’s new Research Fellow, is the co-author of an article published this month in the International Journal of Information Security. Congratulations, Rachael! The article is titled “OnionDNS: a seizure resistant top-level domain.” It addresses the growing issue of Internet domain name seizures, noting the significant due process […]
UNC Media Law Doctoral Student Wins Top Paper Award for NCA 2017 (9/14/2017) - We are pleased to announce that UNC  doctoral student Shao Chengyuan has won the top student paper award from the Communication and Law Division of the National Communication Association (NCA) this year. Chengyuan will present her paper at the NCA’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas in November. Congratulations, Shao! Chengyuan studies media law in the UNC School […]
Center Co-Director to Join Discussion of Section 230 and (9/7/2017) - Media Law Center Co-Director Cathy Packer will participate in a panel discussion following a screening of the documentary I Am Jane Doe on campus next week. The film chronicles the legal battles of three young girls who were trafficked through the advertising website Packer will join panelists from UNC Project Dinah, Project FIGHT, and […]
Center to Hire Media Law and Policy Fellow (11/1/2016) - I’m excited to announce that the Center will be hiring a Media Law and Policy Fellow!  The fellow will play a critical role in supporting a major research initiative at the Center focused on examining various legal and policy issues related to improving government transparency, including the impact government transparency can have on privacy, cybersecurity, equality, and other […]
Media Law Ph.D. Student Spent Summer at the ALA (8/30/2016) - Posted on behalf of Nick Gross, third-year Ph.D. student: This summer I worked as a Google Policy Fellow at the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) in Washington, D.C. The Google Policy Fellowship gives undergraduate, graduate, and law students the opportunity to spend the summer working for public interest groups engaged in Internet […]
Scholarship Winners 2016 (7/27/2016) - The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy has awarded $6,000 in scholarships to three law students working in unpaid or underpaid internships in the field of media law and policy this summer. These are the scholarship winners and where they are working: Varsha Mangal is a legal intern in the Office of General Counsel […]
UNC Media Law Students to Present Research in Minneapolis (6/3/2016) - Four UNC School of Media and Journalism graduate students will present media law research papers at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) national convention in Minneapolis Aug. 4-7.  One of those students – Lindsie Trego – won a prize for writing the third best student paper in the Law and Policy […]
UNC media law student publishes in Communication Law and Policy (1/31/2016) - UNC media law student Brooks Fuller recently had an article published in Communication Law and Policy. The article is “The Angry Pamphleteer: True Threats, Political Speech, and Applying Watts v. United States in the Age of Twitter.” In light of the rise of “caustic” political speech on new media, the article examines modes of analysis that […]
Make the Most of Your Winter Break (12/7/2015) - Whether you are seeking a summer internship or post-graduate employment, the winter break provides a great opportunity for you to further your job search.  If you are interested in media law, the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy’s Job Center is the place to start.  It’s easy to use. You can browse by job type or category, […]
Center Staffer Makes Splash with Article in The Atlantic (4/25/2015) - Tori Ekstrand, the director of communications for the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, wrote an article about web accessibility that was published in The Atlantic last week. The article then quickly was picked up by PBS Media Shift’s Daily Best Reads blog (“The best stories across the web on media and technology”) and […]
Job opportunities in media law at your fingertips (2/16/2015) - It’s never too early – or too late – to start looking for the internship, fellowship, or job that is right for you.  However, the process of sifting through hundreds of postings looking for what you want can be daunting.  That is why the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy created its Job Center. […]
Law students give legal guidance to Reese News Lab’s Capitol Hound (2/2/2015) - Students enrolled in a UNC School of Law practicum class have provided legal guidance to a project whose faculty advisers have been named recipients of the University’s 2014 C. Felix Harvey Award for Institutional Priorities. The faculty will receive $50,000 to help improve state government transparency through a web application called Capitol Hound. The law […]
Privacy and Court Records: Online Access and the Loss of Practical Obscurity (1/30/2015) - I’m excited to announce that Professor Anne Klinefelter and I received an award from the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft Corp. to study the extent of private and other sensitive information in court records.  The $43,000 award will go to the Center for Media Law and Policy and the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library at the UNC […]
True Threats and Free Speech (1/22/2015) - The extent to which the First Amendment protects threatening messages on Facebook and elsewhere will be the subject of a panel discussion at the UNC School of Law at noon on Monday, Jan. 26. Co-sponsored by the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, the discussion will focus on Elonis v. United States, a case […]
Public Records Online at (9/2/2014) - Many of us talk about the importance of public records, but Ryan Thornburg has moved beyond talking. He has found a way to make public records in North Carolina easily accessible to the media and the public. Thornburg, an associate professor in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has created a project called […]
United States Supreme Court to hear Facebook true threats case (8/5/2014) - For the first time since the now-famous Virginia v. Black (2003) cross-burning case, the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a “true threats” case. Commentators expect the Court to clarify confusion that has arisen among the federal circuit courts regarding whether the First Amendment requires courts to consider the speaker’s subjective intent when […]
New Media Law PhDs (6/11/2014) - The UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication will welcome three new media law students to its Ph.D. program this fall.  All of them have expressed interest in working in the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy.  Welcome, law dawgs! These are the students and a brief description of each student’s background and research interests: Nicholas […]
Students Presenting at AEJMC Conference in August 2014 (6/4/2014) - Three Carolina students have had media law research papers accepted by the Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) for presentation at the group’s annual conference in Montreal in August.  Congratulations! These are the authors, theory paper titles, and their paper abstracts: Kevin Delaney, a student in […]
J-School PhD Student awarded Google Policy Fellowship (5/28/2014) - UNC Center for Media Law and Policy staffer Liz Woolery has been awarded a Google Policy Fellowship to work at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute in Washington, D.C., this summer.  Congratulations, Liz! Liz was one of 20 chosen to work at 20 U.S. public interest and technology policy organizations.  She is a Ph.D. […]
Students Receive Support Grants for Summer Internships (5/16/2014) - The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy has awarded $1,000 summer grants to two students in the center’s dual-degree program. The grants went to Natasha Duarte and Kevin Delaney to support their summer internships. Kevin will be at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Arlington, Va.  Natasha will be at the […]
The Democratic Surround: New Media Technologies as Tools of Personal and Social Liberation (3/21/2014) - On March 27th, Fred Turner, associate professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, will visit the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy to talk about his new book, The Democratic Surround. At the broadest level, in The Democratic Surround and the previously published From Counterculture to Cyberculture Fred Turner’s project is to explain how we have come to […]
Obama’s New Plan for the Future of Open Government (2/14/2014) - On this week’s episode of WNYC’s “RadioLab” podcast, the hosts interviewed Jeff Larson, data editor at ProPublica. He described his experience in June 2013 filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the United States National Security Agency (NSA) to find out if the agency had collected any metadata about his cell phone usage. […]
What’s the deal with fast-track authority? (2/7/2014) - Back in November, The New York Times editorial board endorsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement involving 12 countries in the Americas and the Pacific Rim that is being negotiated by the Obama Administration. The agreement contains sections covering a broad number of policy topics, including a chapter on intellectual property. At that time, I put together […]
A UNC Student’s Summer Experience at the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, a Project of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (1/14/2014) - Let me start by saying that I really like information. Numbers, lists, facts, data, trivia. I like them all. I’m an information junkie. I also happen to love the First Amendment. Given this, it’s not surprising that I was so excited to spend this past summer interning with the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse at the Berkman […]
Appeals court (mostly) strikes down net neutrality rules (1/14/2014) - The D.C. Circuit today held that the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality nondiscrimination rules were invalid because the FCC lacked the authority to regulate how Internet providers treat content. The “Open Internet” rules, passed in 2010, required ISPs to treat all Internet content equally. Under the rules, a provider such as Verizon could not block or […]
Free Speech Assumptions and the Case of Netflix (12/13/2013) - There are two (among many) huge assumptions we make when we speak of a right to free speech or free expression. The first assumption is that such speech can actually be formed. The second is that such speech will be heard. For the disabled, neither assumption is a given.  The disabled who can speak are […]
Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to NSA surveillance (11/18/2013) - The Supreme Court Friday declined to consider the legality of the National Security Agency’s collection of Verizon customers’ phone call records. The Court declined without comment to decide whether the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court exceeded its jurisdiction when it issued orders to Verizon to turn over the records of all phone calls made wholly within the […]
A Not-So-Secret Pacific Trade Deal (11/14/2013) - Over the last week, opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership has gone from a quiet rumble amongst policy wonks to a major struggle over free trade, intellectual property rights, and executive power. Here is a timeline of featured news stories and blog posts. Scroll to the bottom of the timeline for updates as they become available. […]
New York AG wants Airbnb to turn over user information (11/13/2013) - Short-term rental website Airbnb provides an alternative to hotels and makes it easier for people to sublet their homes while they’re out of town, but its New York users could be in legal trouble. The state of New York has subpoenaed Airbnb in an attempt to prove that some users renting out rooms on the […]
C-SPAN, UNC-TV to televise inaugural Hargrove Colloquium (11/4/2013) - C-SPAN and UNC-TV will televise today’s inaugural Wade H. Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium, hosted by the Center for Media Law and Policy. Hearst TV CEO David Barrett and ABC News President Ben Sherwood will discuss the future of TV news and the challenges and opportunities media companies face in this age of digital […]
@NatSecWonk: Free Speech and the Twitter Account that Sank a National Security Adviser (10/31/2013) - When a White House insider takes to Twitter, he loses his job – but not his First Amendment rights. For two years, Jofi Joseph, the director of nuclear nonproliferation issues on the White House National Security Council staff, tweeted snarky remarks about politicians, reporters and colleagues using the anonymous Twitter handle @NatSecWonk. Last Tuesday evening, The Daily Beast […]
States Regulate Access to Online Accounts After Death (10/31/2013) - States have taken matters into their own legislative hands over who can gain access into an individual’s online account information after death. A great deal of personal information lives online: important financial records are stored in online banking accounts and email, and social media sites contain personal data including photos and videos. After death, unless […]
Hearst TV CEO and ABC News President to Headline Inaugural Hargrove Communications Law Colloquium (10/17/2013) - We are pleased to announce that on November 4, 2013, the Center will host the inaugural Wade H. Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium. Friends and colleagues of Wade Hargrove established the colloquium to honor Mr. Hargrove, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an accomplished media lawyer, by spurring discussion and […]
EU Holds News Website Liable for Anonymous Comments (10/14/2013) - Last week, the European Union held an Estonian news website liable for anonymous comments posted by third parties on its site. The EU case concerned a 2006 article published on the Estonian news site Delfi. The article was about changes to a Northern Europe ferry company’s travel routes. Because the route alterations would cause delay […]
FBI pursues Silk Road’s private Bit Coin key information (10/11/2013) - Center blogger Samantha Scheller wrote a blog post for the Digital Media Law Project on the FBI’s pursuit of private passwords protecting Bit Coin currency associated with the Silk Road. An attempt to compel those charged in connection with the illegal drug purchasing website could raise a Fifth Amendment question of self incrimination. Read Scheller’s […]
Twitter and Nielsen Ratings Team Up to Track Viewership (10/9/2013) - Twitter is teaming up with Nielsen Ratings to aid the service in monitoring what television shows are most frequently tweeted about by its users. The novel approach, called a “unique audience,” makes it easier than ever for the Nielsen system to provide accurate information about television viewership numbers on any given night. The new system […]
A UNC Student’s Summer Experience at the Berkman Center’s Digital Media Law Project (10/7/2013) - This summer, I was fortunate enough to intern for the Digital Media Law Project (DMLP) at the Berkman Center in Cambridge, MA. Our office facility — fondly referred to as the “big yellow house” — was home to a large number of Berkman Center projects, of which the DMLP was one. The Berkman Center is […]
NPR and AP Limit Use of “Obamacare” Language (10/4/2013) - As the government shutdown continues, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Associated Press (AP) have decided to cut back on their usage of the term “Obamacare.” NPR’s managing editor, Stuart Seidel, issued the editing order last Tuesday, asking that NPR staff members vary their wording when discussing the new health care system, saying that the […]
Government Shutdown Affects FOIA Requests (10/2/2013) - The government shutdown is having an impact on every “nonessential” federal service, including Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) requests under the NSA. According to the NSA’s website, all FOIA and PA requests or inquiries submitted to the FOIA/PA office “will not be addressed until the office reopens.” The NSA’s homepage also […]
Judge: Google may have illegally wiretapped its users’ email (9/27/2013) - Google may have violated the federal Wiretap Act when it routinely scanned the content of emails for purposes of providing targeted advertising and creating user profiles, a federal judge ruled yesterday. The Northern District of California denied Google’s motion to dismiss the Wiretap Act claims against it, allowing the case to go forward. The court […]
Looking for a Job in Media Law? (9/18/2013) - Looking for a job can be time consuming and frustrating.  Often the best opportunities are found through networking and word of mouth.  But what if you are a student or recent grad? Or are trying to change fields or areas of practice and you don’t have a network?  Breaking into a new field, or even trying […]
States enact social media privacy laws protecting employees, students (9/17/2013) - In August, New Jersey became the twelfth state to pass a law prohibiting employers from asking employees for their social media usernames and passwords. Read more about the New Jersey law here. Some states, including California, Michigan, and Illinois, also prohibit schools from requiring students to disclose their social media passwords. Illinois’s Right to Privacy […]
District Court Enjoins FilmOn X (9/9/2013) - Last Thursday, September 5, the District Court for the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction against FilmOn X, a for-profit company that streams broadcasters’ content—without permission—over the Internet to subscribers. The injunction prevents FilmOn X from operating in nearly every jurisdiction in the country and serves as a major setback for the company founded […]
Twitter Round-Up Week of: September 2 (9/7/2013) - As part of a new weekly feature on our blog, I’ll post the highlights from the Center’s and my Twitter feeds. Here is what had my attention on Twitter this week: [View the story “Weekly Twitter Roundup” on Storify]
Unintended Targets: The NSA’s bulk email collection and Obama’s use of the word “targeting” (8/23/2013) - A Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinion released yesterday shed more light on how the National Security Agency collects Americans’ email data, highlighting the disconnect between the NSA’s collection practices and the Obama Administration’s characterization of email surveillance under the PRISM program. The FISA Court opinion held that methods used by the NSA from 2007 to […]
EFF Weeks 8-9: How the NSA’s mass data collection violates the First Amendment (7/25/2013) - EFF filed a lawsuit last Tuesday against the National Security Agency for its mass collection of Verizon customers’ phone records. First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. National Security Agency was filed on behalf of a diverse group of 19 organizations and focuses on an important First Amendment right: the right of association. Protecting associational […]
EFF weeks 6-7: States attempt to censor adult advertising online (7/9/2013) - Ever since “adult” advertising moved from the back page of The Village Voice to the Internet, some government officials have been trying to censor it. A recent attempt by the New Jersey legislature was blocked by a federal judge on June 28.  Chief Judge Dennis Cavanaugh of the U.S. District Court for the District of […]
EFF Weeks 4-5: Craigslist v. 3Taps and CFAA Reform (6/24/2013) - EFF filed an amicus brief last week in Craigslist v. 3Taps, a case in which Craigslist sued 3Taps for copying its publicly available data and making it available to its customers to use on their websites. One of 3Taps’s customers is Padmapper, a website that publishes Craigslist apartment postings over a map, allowing users to […]
EFF Week 3: The First and Fourth Amendments — down, but hopefully not out (6/9/2013) - It was a busy week at EFF. The phones have been ringing almost non-stop with journalists, supporters, and concerned people. The news outlets wanted interviews with attorneys. The supporters wanted to commiserate. The concerned people wanted answers — how can the government do this, and what does it mean? Of course, the fact that the […]
EFF Internship Week 2: Facial Recognition and Privacy (6/2/2013) - [Ed: This is the second in a series of posts by Natasha Duarte, who is blogging about her summer internship experience at EFF.] This week I researched how state law enforcement agencies use facial recognition software to track individuals. I’m helping EFF prepare public records requests to gather more information on the facial recognition and […]
Greetings from San Francisco: A UNC Student’s Summer Internship at EFF (5/29/2013) - I’m very excited that one of our students is spending her summer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, funded in part by the Center’s Public Interest Grant Program.  Natasha Duarte has graciously volunteered to blog about her summer experience at EFF. Here is her first missive: On May 24, I witnessed a small victory in the fight against […]
Students Presenting at AEJMC Conference in August (5/20/2013) - Nearly 25 percent of the media law and policy research papers accepted for presentation at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) were written by UNC students. Five students had six papers accepted for presentation in the Law and Policy Division at the AEJMC convention to be held […]
Carolina Law CLE Session: Media Law in the Digital Age (5/2/2013) - Next Wednesday, May 8, I’ll be presenting a continuing legal education (CLE) session in Wilmington, NC at the New Hanover County Executive Development Center.  The topic will be “Media Law in the Digital Age: Internet Defamation and other Digital Torts.”  Here is the description from the law school’s website: With the advent of the Internet, everyone […]
UNC Students Presenting Research at AEJMC Southeast Colloquium (2/28/2013) - UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication graduate students will present 13 research papers at the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium in Tampa this week. Ph.D. student Liz Woolery, who works in our media law center, will present two papers, one of which won third place in the Law and Policy Division. Both of Liz’s papers are […]
Freedom of Speech, Defamation, and Injunctions (2/18/2013) - As part of the Mary Junck Research Colloquium series, UNC Law Professor David Ardia will give a talk entitled “Freedom of Speech, Defamation, and Injunctions.” He will discuss his research on two centuries of case law surrounding injunctions in defamation cases, and the recent increase in court-ordered injunctions directed at defamatory speech, particularly speech on the Internet. […]
Employment Opportunities at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society (2/2/2013) - If you are a lawyer (or law student) looking for a chance to learn about Internet Law, Privacy, Copyright etc., you can’t do better than to spend some time at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society (full disclaimer: I spent 5 years there myself). If you don’t believe me, read Tabitha Messick’s account of […]
Hazelwood: Some Remaining Questions (11/12/2012) - As our great keynote speaker, panelists, and audience members discussed the 25-year history of Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier last week, it became clear that there still is scholarly work that needs to be done in this important area of law.  Here are a few of the interesting questions raised at the conference: What are the connections […]
Best New Internet Law Books? (10/31/2012) - Each fall I informally survey my media law colleagues and former Ph.D. students in search of great, new books to assign for my Internet law class.  The class is a mix of UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication undergraduates who already have completed a basic media law class and graduate students.  I’m looking for […]
Kill Switches, Smart Mobs, and Freedom of Speech (10/24/2012) - As part of the Mary Junck Research Colloquium series, Elon University School of Law Professor Enrique Armijo will give a talk at UNC entitled “Recent Developments in Digital Communications Law and Policy:
Kill Switches, Smart Mobs, and Freedom of Speech.”  He will share his current research on the ways in which government control over communications infrastructure can […]
Interdisciplinary Lunch: Wikipedia as an Example of The Promises and Pitfalls of Peer-Produced Media (10/12/2012) - On Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, we will host an “interdisciplinary lunch” open to faculty and graduate students from across the UNC system. The topic will be “Wikipedia as an Example of The Promises and Pitfalls of Peer-Produced Media.” Launched in January 2001, Wikipedia today is the world’s sixth-most-popular website, visited monthly by approximately 12 percent of […]
Law School for Digital Journalists: Wrapup (9/28/2012) - Last week, the Center for Media Law and Policy joined with the Online News Association, Stanford Center for Internet and Society, and Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism to present a full-day of legal training for ONA members at the Online News Association’s 2012 conference in San Francisco.  The sessions, which we’ve been calling “Law School for Digital Journalists,” covered everything from […]
Call for Papers: The Evolving Role of the Internet in Politics and Political Campaigns (7/13/2012) - As the incoming treasurer for the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Mass Communications, I’m excited to announce that we’ll be hosting a joint program with the Internet and Computer Law section at our annual meeting in New Orleans.  Here is the announcement with a call for papers: The AALS Section on Internet and […]
Call for Papers: Geek Law Workshop (7/4/2012) - On September 17-18, 2012, our friends at the University of East Anglia are hosting the 7th annual Geek Law workshop in London. From the announcement: It’s harder than it used to be to write a Call for Papers for GikII, the so-cool-it-hurts blue skies workshop for papers exploring the interstices between law, technology and popular culture. Back […]
FCC Commissioner McDowell visits J-School (2/21/2011) - FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell visited the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication on Feb. 10, 2011, to discuss why he voted against the net neutrality regulations adopted by the FCC in December 2010.  He held a 75-minute question-and-answer session with undergraduate students in Dr. Cathy Packer’s Internet law class.  This is JOMC major […]
New rules for the media? A look at government policy in 2010 (9/15/2010) - The role of federal policy in shaping journalism will be the topic of a free, public lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 15.  Josh Silver, president and CEO of Free Press, will speak at 7 p.m. in 111 Carroll Hall on the UNC-CH campus. Silver will discuss some of the major regulatory issues facing the U.S. media […]
Photo of Daniel Solove Privacy and Libel on the Internet (4/2/2009) - Privacy law expert Daniel J. Solove, professor in the George Washington University School of Law, was a featured speaker in the Mary Junck Research Colloquium series in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He also spoke in professor Cathy Packer’s “Law of Cyberspace” class. He discussed his book, “The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor […]
Cyberspeech Symposium (2/20/2009) - Paul Jones, UNC clinical associate professor and director of ibiblio, was the keynote speaker for The First Amendment Law Review’s annual symposium at the School of Law. Co-sponsored by the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, the 2009 symposium focused on Cyberspeech and featured prominent scholars and experts from around the country.
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2024 Hargrove Colloquium: Media Law in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
George Watts Hill Alumni Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC


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Keynote Debate: Regulating Big Tech and the First Amendment
Frank Porter Graham Student Union, The Auditorium, Chapel Hill NC
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Elections, Expression, and Platforms: The 2024 U.S. Presidential Race
Freedom Forum Conference Center on the Third Floor of Carroll Hall, Chapel Hill NC
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar: The State of State Platform Regulation


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Technology, Inclusiveness, Structural Racism, and Silicon Valley


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2020 Hargrove Media Law and Policy Colloquium: Google's Richard Gingras on Technology, Media, & Democracy
George Watts Hill Alumni Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC


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11/08/2019 - 11/09/2019
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Fostering an Informed Society: The Role of the First Amendment in Strengthening Local News and Democracy
George Watts Hill Alumni Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Introducing CITAP: The UNC Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life
Room 283, Carroll Hall, Chapel Hill NC
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Blockchain and the Law Symposium
George Watts Hill Alumni Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC
02/08/2019 - 02/09/2019
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Media Law and IP Sessions at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning


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Symposium on Blockchain and Trusted Repositories
Friday Center, Chapel Hill NC
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Why Do People Share Fake News? | Interdisciplinary Lunch Series
Faculty Lounge, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill NC
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Chris Wolf: The Current Battle Against Online Hate
Room 4085, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill NC
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Room 111, Carroll Hall, Chapel Hill NC
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Examining the Echo: Can Online Interfaces Promote Better Discussions on Social Media?
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Cass Sunstein on #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media
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The (non)Americans: Tracking and Analyzing Russian Influence Operations on Twitter | March Interdisciplinary Lunch Series
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First Amendment Law Review Symposium: "Distorting the Truth: 'Fake News' & Free Speech"
George Watts Hill Alumni Center, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill NC
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Information at the Intersections: Disability, Race, and Information Access
Room 142, Carroll Hall, Chapel Hill NC