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Last week, Montana became the first state to pass a bill banning the social media app TikTok, but this is just the latest law in a rapidly escalating trend of measures against the Chinese-owned platform. Only belatedly has there been much conversation about the First Amendment challenges such laws will face—which, unsurprisingly, will be many and significant! It would be an extraordinary move for an American government to outright ban a speech platform used by 150 million Americans, and much more attention should be paid to the ways it implicates First Amendment doctrine and values. This talk will explore those issues and what the First Amendment might have to say about state and possible federal bans of apps like TikTok.
Before she came to Stanford, Douek was a Senior Research Fellow at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, and obtained a doctorate from Harvard Law School on the topic of private and public regulation of online speech. She also was an Associate (clerk) to the Honourable Chief Justice Susan Kiefel of the High Court of Australia and did short stints at two commercial litigation firms in Sydney. She graduated with First Class Honours from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Commerce/Laws in 2013, where she was the Executive Editor of the UNSW Law Journal and the Undergraduate Student Representative on UNSW Council, the University’s governing body.
Douek’s research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review Online, Lawfare, The Atlantic, WIRED, Slate, amongst other publications. Being human, she naturally has a couple of podcasts, most relevantly Moderated Content, podcast content about content moderation that she moderates.