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PODCAST: Shoshana Weissmann and Jon Schweppe on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

Shoshana Weissmann is the senior manager of digital media and a fellow at the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank. She oversees RSI’s social media, email marketing, and website while also working and writing on a variety of policy and regulatory subjects. She also likes SpongeBob.  Follow her on Twitter at @senatorshoshana

 Jon Schweppe is the Director of Policy and Government Affairs for American Principles Project (APP). In this role, he develops and advances the organization’s legislative priorities by working with allied groups and with federal and state lawmakers. Prior to joining APP in late 2014, he worked on a number of political campaigns, focusing mainly on communications and policy. Schweppe was named a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute in 2020. He has been published at a number of outlets, including First Things, the New York PostThe Federalist, and the Daily Caller. He graduated from Augustana College in 2010 with majors in economics and finance. Follow him on Twitter at @JonSchweppe

Links Mentioned in the Podcast:

Jon’s Suggested Links

“Here’s a Small-Government Solution to Section 230’s Big Tech Problem” -Jon Schweppe in The Federalist

“American Principles Project White Paper on Section 230 Reform” – Jon Schweppe’s proposal to amend Section 230 for the American Principles Project

Shoshana’s Suggested Links

“Why we need Section 230” – Charles Cooke in National Review Magazine

“The GOP Section 230 Strategy Will Benefit Trump and Only Trump” – Patrick Hedger in the Bulwark

“What’s in a Name? Quite a Bit, If You’re Talking About Section 230” – Jeff Kosseff in LawFare

“Lindsey Graham pushing ‘child welfare’ bill that would destroy free speech online” – Shoshana Weissman and Daisy Soderberg-Rivkin in R Street

“The EARN IT Act Creates A New Moderator’s Dilemma” – Jeffrey Westling in R Street

“Hawley’s Attack on Section 230 Hurts Conservatives” – Jeffrey Westling in R Street

“The 26 Words that Created the Internet” by Jeff Kosseff

Note: JWI includes these links as background material for this podcast. JWI does not lobby for legislation or take a policy position on Section 230.

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