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Corynne McSherry
Corynne McSherry

Corynne McSherry

Legal Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Corynne McSherry is the legal director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in intellectual property, open access, and free speech issues. Her policy work includes leading EFF’s effort to fix copyright (including the successful effort to shut down the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA), promote net neutrality, and promote best practices for online expression. McSherry comments regularly on digital rights issues and has been quoted in a variety of outlets, including NPR, CBS News, Fox News, the New York Times, Billboard, the Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone. Prior to joining EFF, McSherry was a civil litigator at the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP.

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"Our starting principle is simple: Under the First Amendment, social media platforms and other online intermediaries have the right to decide what kinds of expression they will carry. But just because companies can act as judge and jury doesn’t mean they should."

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

"Fighting  censorship—by  governments,  large  private  corporations,  or  anyone  else—has beencore  to  EFF’s  missionfor  more  than  25  years,  not  because  we  enjoy  defending reprehensible content, but because we know that tools for censorship are more oftenused by  the  powerful,  against  the  powerless."

Thursday, April 26, 2018

"There are no perfect solutions to protecting free expression, but as this list of recommendations should suggest, there’s a lot that companies—as well as policymakers—can do to protect and empower Internet users without doubling down on the risky and too-often failing strategy of censorship."

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
"Jad Abumrad of Radiolab and More Perfect hosted a debate about online hate speech, fake news and whether the First Amendment needs an update for the digital age.
 
He was joined live at The Greene Space at WNYC by Corynne McSherry, legal director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Elie Mystal, managing editor at Above the Law and contributing legal editor at More Perfect; and Ken White, a First Amendment litigator and criminal defense attorney at Brown White & Osborn LLP in Los Angeles who also runs the free speech and criminal justice blog Popehat.com, where he often coordinates pro bono defense for First Amendment cases."
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

"The Justice Department’s announcement yesterday that it will meet with states to discuss whether social media companies are "intentionally" stifling free speech represents a potentially dangerous new step in the wrong direction."

Thursday, September 6, 2018

"There are lots of calls for the platforms to police the bad speech on their platform -- disinformation and fake news; hate speech and harassment, extremist content and so on -- and while that would represent a major shift in how Big Tech relates to the materials generated and shared by its users, it's not without precedent."

Wednesday, September 26, 2018