Symposium on Social Media and the Law: Public, Private and Personal

February 9, 2016

The University of Virginia School of Law is hosting a one-day symposium on the legal implications of public, private, and personal use of social media. The symposium will run from 10am - 2pm on Thursday, February 11, and will include a keynote address by Scott Mellon, the lead advertising and privacy counsel for Facebook. The keynote address, "What's on Your Timeline? Privacy Rights in a Social Media Setting," will begin at 11:45am in the Caplin Pavilion.

There will be two panels, one at 10am and one at 1pm, in the Purcell Reading Room. The first, "Private Speech and Privacy on Social Media," will explore criminal and civil regulations, as well as liabilities of private speech on social media, including true threats, revenge porn, cyberbullying and the Communications Decency Act. The second, "Free Speech Privileges v. Public and Private Institutional Interests," will explore free speech rights versus public and private institutional interests, along with employer penalizations for speech on social media, politicized speech and censorship.

The symposium is jointly sponsored by the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law and the Virginia Journal of Law & Technology and is open to the public. For more information, please visit the web site.