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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Freedom of expression online

Communications and Digital Committee
Freedom of expression online

Tuesday 2 February 2021

Start times: 3.00pm (private) 3.00pm (public)


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Lords examine cultural and gender issues

The Communications and Digital Committee continues its inquiry into freedom of expression online by exploring cultural differences and gender.

Meeting details

At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
Director, ‘Protecting Freedom of Expression in Religious Context’ at Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
Lecturer in Governance and Human Rights, King's College at Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
Writer and campaigner at Freelance
Assistant Professor at Department of Sociology, Durham University

Possible questions

Likely questions and topics of discussion to Dr Farmanfarmaian and Dr Srinivasan include:

  • To what extent does (and should) the right to freedom of expression accommodate cultural differences?
  • Do cultural differences preclude further international collaboration on the freedom of expression?
  • How well do platforms’ moderation policies and processes take account of cultural and religious differences?

Likely questions and topics of discussion to Ms Perry and Dr Vera-Gray include:

  • Polls show that women are more likely than men to prioritise safety over the freedom of expression. Why?
  • Do social media platforms do enough to remove content which gives rise to gendered harms?
  • Do major pornographic websites have sufficiently robust processes to verify consent?
  • Has the Government done enough to ensure that illegal pornography is removed from the internet?

Further information

Location

Virtual meeting