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Netconf is a platform for network engineers, ISPs, government representatives from telecom and IT departments, civil society groups, policy makers, providers of networking solutions, tech and law groups and activists, among others to discuss the technical, economic and social aspects of running networks and infrastructure, and access. See https://hasgeek.com/rootconf/netconf-2020/proposals#call-for-proposal for more details about topics.
The first edition of Netconf is an unconference, where participants can propose topics, suggest speakers and session formats. The event’s agenda will be set by participants. There will be room for open sessions for participants to propose topics/ideas/sessions on the morning of the event itself.
Date: Friday, 27 March 2020
Venue: TERI auditorium, Domlur, Bangalore
Time: 9 AM to 6:30 PM followed
Post-conference programme: reading of Michael W. Lucas’s works on tech-fiction followed by dinner.
For inquiries about tickets and sponsorships, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 7676332020.
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Entry for children at Netconf: Children of all ages are welcome at Netconf. Entry for children is free. If you are bringing child/children under age 1, mention it when filling your ticket details. This will help us to arrange facilities for care.
Participants are welcome to propose sessions and activities for engaging children at Netconf.
Platforms, Algorithmic Governance and Privatized Censorship
The emergance of ‘platforms’ has been a defining element of contemporary networked societies. ‘Social Media’ platforms in particular play a critical role in shaping public spheres and redefining democratic participation in the networked sphere, through the algorithmic enforcement of privatized content censorship, filtration and other forms of content moderation practices. These practices are embedded in, and shaped by legal, social and institutional cultures.
In this brief talk, I will explore the world of algorithmic speech governance on social media platforms in light of emerging legal and political trends attempting to influence such practices, such as India’s emerging norms on intermediary liability and the European Union’s rules on automated content filtration for copyright. I argue that automated (or algorithmic) content filtration is both pervasive and inevitable, and legal frameworks must be appropriately framed towards curtailing undemocratic and harmful practices of privatized and opaque content moderation by platforms and their algorithmic systems.
- Introduction - Platforms and the politics of censorship in a networked society.
- The emergance of platform power.
- The perils of algorithmic content moderation.
- Legal frameworks and the inappropriateness of ‘intermediary liability’.
- Contending with platforms - public accountability of algorithmic speech governance.
I am an independent legal researcher and a Mozilla Technology Policy Fellow working on ‘Artificial Intelligence’ policy in India. I have researched and written extensively about technology policy and legal issues including intellectual property rights, intermediary liability and data protection.
- My personal website: divij.me
- My writing on Indian Intermediary Guidelines: https://spicyip.com/2019/01/draft-intermediary-guidelines-rules-will-undermine-fair-dealing-and-access-to-knowledge-online.html / https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3326368
- On the EU Copyright Directive: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/03/european-copyright-directive-what-it-and-why-has-it-drawn-more-controversy-any
- On algorithms and contextual speech: http://spheres-journal.org/the-difference-that-difference-makes/
- Online copyright enforcement: https://law.stanford.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Accountability-in-Algorithmic-Copyright-Enforcement.pdf