Announcing COMO Brussels, the Fourth Edition of the “Content Moderation at Scale” Conference Series, Feb. 5

como-300x118I’m pleased to announce that there will be a fourth edition of the popular content moderation conference series, this time in Brussels. The event is titled “Content Moderation & Removal at Scale” and will be held on February 5, 2019, in the European Parliament. It will follow a similar format as the SCU and DC events. You can register for free.

[UPDATE: see the agenda. Watch the livestream.]

I plan to attend. As part of my trip, I have two completely open days in Brussels, February 3 and 4. If you would like to get together during those days, please email me.

Details about the prior 3 events:

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Content Moderation and Removal at Scale, Santa Clara University, February 2018

Event page. My roundup post. My photo album.


Welcome and Introduction (including Sen. Ron Wyden’s opening remarks)

Legal Overview (presentations by Eric Goldman and Daphne Keller)

Overview of Each Company’s Operations (presentations from Automattic, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Medium, Pinterest, Reddit, Wikipedia, and Yelp). If you only have time to watch one video, this is the one.

The History and Future of Content Moderation (panel featuring Nicole Wong, Charlotte Willner, and Dave Willner; moderated by Kate Klonick)

Session A: Employee/Contractor Hiring, Training and Mental Well-being (panelists from Automattic, Medium, and Pinterest)

Session B: Humans vs. Machines (panelists from Facebook, Wikimedia, and Yelp)

Session C: In-sourcing to Employees vs. Outsourcing to the Community or Vendors (panelists from Nextdoor, Pinterest, Reddit, Wikimedia, and Yelp)

Session D: Transparency and Appeals (panelists from Automattic, Medium, and Patreon)

Speaker Slides

Eric Goldman, US law overview

Daphne Keller, foreign law overview

Adelin Cai, Pinterest

Aaron Schur, Yelp

Techdirt Essays

Eric Goldman, It’s Time to Talk About Internet Companies’ Content Moderation Operations

Kate Klonick, Why The History Of Content Moderation Matters

Kevin Bankston & Liz Woolery, We Need To Shine A Light On Private Online Censorship

Alex Feerst, Implementing Transparency About Content Moderation

Jacob Rogers, International Inconsistencies In Copyright: Why It’s Hard To Know What’s Really Available To The Public

Adelin Cai, Putting Pinners First: How Pinterest Is Building Partnerships For Compassionate Content Moderation

Tarleton Gillespie, Moderation Is The Commodity

Paul Sieminski & Holly Hogan, Why (Allegedly) Defamatory Content On Doesn’t Come Down Without A Court Order

Sarah T. Roberts, Commercial Content Moderation & Worker Wellness: Challenges & Opportunities

Colin Sullivan, Trust Building As A Platform For Creative Businesses

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COMO at Scale, Washington DC, May 2018

Event page. My roundup post.


Opening Remarks

Foundations: The Legal and Public Policy Framework for Content (Eric Goldman and Tiffany Li)

Under the Hood: UGC Moderation (Part 1) (Match – Tripadvisor – Twitter – Twitch – Vimeo)

Under the Hood: UGC Moderation (Part 2) (Github – Google – Wikimedia – Facebook)

You Make the Call: Audience Interactive (Emma Llanso and Mike Masnick)

Content Moderation and Law Enforcement

What Machines Are, and Aren’t, Good At


Concluding Remarks


My slides on the U.S. law of content moderation

Slides from GitHubTripAdvisorTwitchTwitter, and Vimeo


Conference organizer’s Flickr album

My photo album

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COMO III: Content Moderation and the Future of Online Speech, St. Johns University (Manhattan), October 2018

Event page. My photo album. Videos.