ISP Alumnus Patrick Kabat hosts ISP Student Fellow at Free Speech Conference

On Monday October 10th ISP Student Fellow Jane Rosen attended a one-day conference on free speech hosted by the Cleveland City Club to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

The conference brought together leaders in journalism, law, government and the music industry to explore the future of free speech.  ISP Alumnus Patrick Kabat moderated a panel about free speech on the internet, featuring Geoffrey Robertson, Julian Assange's barrister; Google's policy chief Alan Davidson; David McCraw, the assistant general counsel of the New York Times; and the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s legal director Cindy Cohn.  The panel explored the challenges for new and old media in newsgathering and news dissemination, government secrecy and censorship, and the role of internet intermediaries.

Other highlights of the day included keynotes by CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager and Fox News’ Juan Williams; a live broadcast of the BBC’s World Have Your Say from the conference site, featuring participation by attendees in the audience.  International law expert Professor Michael P. Scharf moderated a panel about the nature of free speech amidst the global events of the age of terrorism with U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach, the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer, and human rights advocate Scott Horton. The NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill moderated a panel including election officials, lawyers, and leading commentators about free speech in the discussion of public affairs.  The day was capped off by a panel discussing free speech in the music industry featuring the American hip hop artist, author, and social activist Chuck D.

More information about the conference can be found here.