Safeguarding rights through deregulation? What Free Expression can learn from Privacy

Despite ongoing conflicts about the implementation of the GDPR, it represents a landmark piece of legislation that will define the international concept of Privacy for decades to come. The GDRP represents an agreement within Europe that the right to privacy needs greater levels of protection and a common understanding of how elements of this right can be implemented technically. Similar things cannot be said for freedom of expression, as there is no international agreement on what healthy culture of expression would look like, let alone technology or policy. The talk will discuss how decades of knee-jerk reactions by states to political speech have created a fragmented speech governance. Instead of cultivating enabling environments, states focus on short-term political issues. As a result speech governance is automated, privatized and without any meaningful accountability. I will conclude with some suggestions on how Europe could define sustainable standards of speech governance.