10 Dec 2020, 13:30 to 10 Dec 2020, 14:30
Online Seminar (Zoom)


There has been increased concern about harmful content on social media, including disinformation and misinformation. It has been suggested that design techniques, especially those to support ‘frictionless communication’ contribute to this problem, yet restrictions on speech give rise to concerns surrounding freedom of expression. These linked issues give rise to a number of questions which is the purpose of the workshop to explore:


a) the impact of design choices on autonomy and consequently speech; 

b) the impact of design choices on autonomy and forming and holding an opinion

c) the extent to which controls on design techniques constitute an interference with users’ rights.



Dr Konstantinos Kalliris (Essex) (on nudging);

Susie Alegre (Doughty Street Chambers) (opinion) 



Professor Lorna Woods (Essex/ILPC)


Dr Nóra Ní Loideain 
Director and Lecturer in Law, Information Law & Policy Centre  
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

This event is free but advance booking is required. Details about how to join the virtual event will be circulated via email to registered attendees closer to the event date.