The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School launched a new online educational resource this year called the “World Intermediary Liability Map,” or WILMap, to educate the public about evolving Internet regulations affecting freedom of expression and user
rights worldwide.

“Legal liability regimes that put Internet platform companies at legal risk for users’ online activity can imperil free expression and innovation, even as governments seek to resolve very real policy problems,” says CIS Director of Civil Liberties Jennifer Granick, who oversees the initiative.

The WILMap is composed of case law, statutes, and proposed laws related to intermediary liability worldwide. It currently covers almost 50 jurisdictions in Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. Visitors to the CIS map can identify places where legal regulations balance—or fail to balance—regulatory goals with free expression and other civil liberties.

The WILMap, spearheaded by Giancarlo Frosio, intermediary liability fellow at CIS, is an ongoing project. In collaboration with a network of experts worldwide, CIS will continue to update and expand the map.