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Friday, February 21 • 4:45pm - 5:30pm
Online Censorship By Lawfare: How Thin-Skinned People Abuse The Legal System To Shut You Up, And What You Can Do About It

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The internet gives us unprecedented power to talk about things that are important to us. Our audience is limited only by the persuasiveness of our message and our creativity in spreading it. But some of our neighbors don’t like being criticized online. Across America, everyone from rich corporations to isolated and deranged individuals are taking advantage of a flawed legal system to shut down online speech they don’t like. Regardless of the merits of their cases, unprincipled people can and will sue you to shut you up, and their suits cost time and money. What can you do about it? Ken White is a First Amendment litigator and a blogger at Popehat.com, where he uses the “Popehat Signal” to help beleaguered bloggers find pro bono defense against defamation suits. He’ll explain the flaws in our legal system that allow this abuse, and describe what you can do to protect yourself and make speech more free in America.

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Ken White

Ken White is a criminal defense attorney and civil litigator from Los Angeles, California. A former federal prosecutor, he has defended clients for 13 years against complex state and federal prosecutions, and has successfully represented a wide variety of defendants against abusive defamation suits. At the pro-liberty group blog Popehat.com, he writes about systemic threats to free speech and critiques the security state and the criminal... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2014 4:45pm - 5:30pm

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