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Governance in Online Speech Leadership Series

June 26, 2023

Interdisciplinary professionals committed to careers in online governance, content moderation, integrity, and trust and safety, will join together for three days of educational workshops and networking, hosted by Visiting Scholar Kate Klonick.

The Governance in Online Speech Leadership Series is an interdisciplinary 3-day workshop that aims to connect those currently working at speech platforms in trust & safety, content moderation, content policy, integrity, and governance with the generation of people in industry, civil society, and academia who pioneered these fields as lawyers, policy-makers, project managers, engineers, stakeholders, and scholars.

The event will be held June 26-28, 2023 at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. It is co-sponsored by the Institute for Rebooting Social Media at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center, the Brookings Institution, the Trust and Safety Foundation, the Trust and Safety Professional Association, and the Integrity Institute. It will be a closed-door Chatham House Rule event that brings together a select group of around 35 current industry professionals committed to careers in integrity, online speech governance, and trust & safety for 3 days of educational workshops with industry leaders, academic scholars, and civil society experts in these fields.

The selected cohort of professionals will include project managers, platform policy-makers, trust & safety workers, compliance attorneys, and engineers attending in their personal capacity, not as representatives of their current or past employers.

In addition to being an educational opportunity to learn the history of the field, the conference is a professional networking opportunity that has implications for public and private law and policy. Its goal is not just education but also encouragement of interdisciplinary conversations between participants in the sectors of technology and society who can translate the language of technology and industry into the language of law, policy, education, and advocacy. 

This application is for individuals interested in being part of the 35-person cohort of industry professionals. Applicants must be able to attend the conference in June at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

This application deadline has passed.

If selected, three nights lodging will be provided, with additional funding possible for travel based on need. Applications will be reviewed by the Conference Advisory Board, and told if they have been selected by the end of March 2023.

Please note: This application consists of two (2) short essay questions (see below). We recommend reviewing and completing the prompts before starting to fill out the rest of the form. 

  • Please describe in 500 words or less where you see yourself working in five or ten years. For example, will you still be working in the tech industry? Will you have gone back to school? Will you have moved careers within tech? Will you have moved outside industry but still be advising within it?
  • Please respond in 750 words or less to one of the following prompts:
    1) How did you become interested in online speech governance and content moderation or trust and safety?
    2) Why do you want to work in online speech governance, content moderation, or trust and safety in the future?

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