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Friday, March 13 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Commercial Threats to Freedom of Speech Online

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Globally, there has been much attention paid to the threat that government entities may pose to individuals’ rights to speak and share information freely. However, far less attention has been placed on the role that bad acting companies and other commercial interests play in trying to squelch or suppress public statements and expressions online. From corporations suing respected journalists and news media for speech that they claim is libelous, to bad businesses suing users of online review sites for negative reviews, more and more often, people are finding their freedom of speech threatened online.
This panel of experts will discuss the current commercial threats to freedom of speech online and the possible solutions to this growing issue.

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Speakers
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Amy Austin

Publisher, Washington City Paper
Amy Austin, is the Publisher of Washington City Paper, an influential and award-winning alternative news media company in Washington DC. She is passionate about City Paper's work and dedication to creating well-reported and relevant local news and features and it's ability to serve local advertisers as their local marketing solution. City Paper was famously sued by Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington D.C. football team with a racist... Read More →
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Paul Alan Levy

Atty, Public Citizen Litigation Group
Paul Alan Levy is an attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm that is a division of the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen. After clerking for Hon. Wade H. McCree, Jr. (United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit) and being Special Assistant to Solicitor General McCree, Paul joined the Litigation Group in December 1977 to represent workers in rank-and-file labor law cases, largely representing... Read More →
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Evan Mascagni

Policy Dir, Public Participation Project
Evan Mascagni graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law in 2011. While in law school, Mascagni was Editor-in-Chief of the UDC Law Review, was awarded the Women’s Bar Association 2010 Founders Fellowship, and was awarded a Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2009, where he worked at the National Whistleblowers Center in Washington, DC. He joined the Public... Read More →
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Laura Prather

Lawyer, Haynes and Boone LLP
Laura Lee Prather is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group in the Austin office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Laura focuses her practice on First Amendment, intellectual property and media and entertainment litigation and appeals. She has significant government relations experience as an advocate at the Texas Legislature on First Amendment and open government concerns. Laura advises an extensive array of content providers including online and... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 10AB Austin Convention Center