Speaking Engagement

The 21st Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium - Platform Law: Public and Private Regulation of Online Platforms

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Friday, April 21, 2017

12:00 AM GMT - 12:00 AM GMT


What is the proper legal model or models for understanding the online platform phenomenon? What burdens and responsibilities should these platforms face? What is the right mix of  government and corporate policy that would support human rights, social values, traditional public policy goals, competition, and innovation? To address these questions, this two day symposium will bring together scholars in law, computer science, economics, and political science, with government regulators, practitioners, corporate representatives, and public interest advocates.

Highlights include:

  • Keynotes by FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny and UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye

  • Panels featuring representatives from Uber, airbnb, Twitter, Facebook, eBay and other platforms

  • Papers by Randal Picker of Chicago, Orly Lobel of USD, Jame Winn of UW

Topics will include privacy, responses to terrorist content, notice and take-down, and discrimination and algorithmic fairness.

Paul Hastings partner Tom Brown will be among the industry leaders speaking about the legal issues confronting online commercial platforms at a two-day symposium, April 20-21, organized by by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Brown counsels and litigates on behalf of both established companies and innovators in the financial services industry. He has lectured on FinTech and other modern consumer payments issues. At the Berkeley symposium, he will be discussing the special issues affecting buyers and sellers on online platforms.**

Thursday April 20, 2017 at 1:15pm**Consumer Protection: What are the forms of private and public governance that serve to protect (or control) buyers and sellers on platforms?

Event LocationApril 20-21, 2017International House, Chevron Auditorium2299 Piedmont AvenueBerkeley, CA 94720

Paul Hastings clients may register at the special "BCLT Sponsor" rate, 75% off the regular registration fee.

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Thomas P. Brown

Special External Advisor, Corporate

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