How has legal practice been impacted by social media and how are our laws adapting to this changing media landscape?
As part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, La Trobe recently hosted a forum on social media and the law.
An expert panel included:
- Professor Patrick Keyzer, Head of La Trobe Law School
- Marc Trabsky, Lecture of La Trobe Law School
- Dr Andre Oboler, CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute
- David Lowden, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Journalism (Sport) degree at La Trobe University
- Hugh Stephens, social media expert and technology consultant.
'The event raised a lot of interesting issues about how the law should regulate social media, or even if it should regulate social media at all,' said Professor Patrick Keyzer.
'At the moment, there's a very live debate about this issue. Is it a realm where freedom of speech should operate unrestrained? Or is it a place where regulation should appropriately operate to make sure that people don't engage in online hate, and to protect the privacy of people who use social media.'
Melbourne Knowledge Week: Social media and the law
In a subsequent discussion, Marc Trabsky and Hugh Stephens further explored whether our legislation is keeping abreast of the challenges social media brings.