Breakout Session | 10:30 a.m.

Moderating Content on Online Platforms: What Would You Do?


Online platforms delete comments, terminate accounts, and impose transparency requirements. They look at issues of legality, politics, safety, and obscenity when taking these steps. While these actions may appear arbitrary they are often based on complex systems of content moderation. This panel illuminates the challenges of creating and dispassionately enforcing these content moderation systems through a discussion by experts and then asking the audience to engage in their own mock content moderation decisions.

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Ashkhen Kazaryan

Legal and Research Fellow, TechFreedom

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Ashkhen Kazaryan is a Legal and Research Fellow at TechFreedom. She manages and develops policy projects on free speech, artificial intelligence, surveillance reform and sharing economy. Ashkhen also handles outreach and coalition building for the organization. Ashkhen is an Internet Law and Policy Fellow and an expert at the Federalist Society’s Emerging Technology Working Group, part of the Regulatory Transparency Project. Ashkhen received her Specialist in Law degree summa cum laude from Lomonosov MSU in 2012, Masters of Law Degree from Yale Law School and is completing her PhD in Law at the Law School of Lomonosov Moscow State University (thesis on Legal Regulation of Art Markets).


Kaitlin Sullivan

Manager for Content Policy, Facebook

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Kaitlin Sullivan is a Manager for Content Policy at Facebook in Washington, D.C. Content Policy is responsible for developing and implementing policies to foster open expression and keep our community of over 2 billion people safe. Kaitlin started with the Content Policy team in 2013 and now leads a team that works work closely with external advocacy, safety, and human rights groups as well as partners across the company, including product and operations teams, to create fair and transparent policies. Prior to joining Facebook, she worked as a rape crisis advocate and educator at the YWCA of Silicon Valley. Kaitlin holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. (Public Policy) from the George Washington University.

Carl Szabo

Vice President, General Counsel, NetChoice

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As Vice President and General Counsel, Carl analyzes tech-related legislative and regulatory initiatives relevant to online companies. He monitors and analyzes Federal and state legislation including online taxation and privacy issues. Carl is also an adjunct professor of privacy law at the George Mason Antonin Scalia Law School.

Carl works at the NTIA Privacy Multi-Stakeholder process, speaks on panels about burdens to e-commerce, and testifies before state legislatures on proposed legislation. Recently, Carl met with FTC Commissioners on new COPPA regulations, presented on mobile-app privacy at the IAPP Annual Conference, and worked with the Maryland Child Privacy Taskforce.

Before joining NetChoice, Carl was an intellectual property attorney at the lawfirm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon where he advised clients on privacy, Internet, e-commerce, and contractual matters. He also worked at the lawfirms of Venable and Arnold & Porter.

Carl also worked on copyright, trademark, and anti-piracy both for Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).

Before law school, Carl worked at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the staff of Commissioner Orson Swindle, where he helped create and implement the FTC’s Consumer Information Security Outreach Plan and assisted the White House in establishing the National Strategy for Cyber Security.

Carl obtained his J.D. and Communications Law Certificate from the Catholic University of America, magna cum laude, and Carl obtained his B.A. in Economics, Managerial Studies, and Policy Studies from Rice University. Carl is licensed to practice law in Washington, DC and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)

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