Free Expression at Meta: Inside the Oversight Board with Julie Owono [S3E10]
In this episode, Class 4 Fellow Meri Baghdasaryan chats with Julie Owono, who is one of the inaugural members of the Facebook Oversight Board, the Executive Director of the Content Policy & Society Lab (CPSL) and a fellow of the Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) at Stanford University. She is also the Executive Director of digital rights organization Internet Sans Frontières. In addition, Julie is an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. She holds a Master’s degree in International Law from la Sorbonne University in Paris. You can read Julie’s full bio here.
Meri and Julie unpack the Oversight Board’s operations, from how a user can apply to the Board and how the cases are selected, to issuing recommendations and decisions. They discuss some of OB’s most interesting cases and decisions, including the Depiction of Zwarte Piet decision, Ocalan’s Isolation decision, Pro-Navalny protests decision, Nazi quote decision and the upcoming policy advisory opinion on Facebook’s cross-check system.
They also dig into the Oversight Board’s future plans, including their work on the Metaverse and their expanding geographic reach. Further, thy get into the implementation of the decisions and recommendations.
Check out the Oversight Board’s First Annual Report here.
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