In an era when 69% of American adults use social media platforms to express themselves, the free market powers of digital giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter have collided with the free speech rights of citizen internet users. Join us for an expert panel discussion on one of the most important freedom of expression issues in decades.
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, can the tech giants be trusted to regulate themselves? What are the benefits and pitfalls of government intervention? Will Silicon Valley be the final arbiter of opinions and information in the virtual sphere? Today we hear from an expert panel on one of the most important freedom of expression issues in decades.
Marsha Blackburn was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of the 108th Congress, where she was one of only a few newly elected congressmen selected to serve as an assistant whip on the majority whip team and the first female in Tennessee elected in her own right to the U.S. House. Blackburn was elected state senator in 1998, becoming the first woman to represent Tennessee's 23rd Senate District.
While in the Tennessee Senate, Blackburn led a statewide grass-roots campaign to defeat the proposed state income tax. Representing both a portion of metropolitan Nashville and the suburbs of Memphis, Blackburn, Blackburn founded the Congressional Songwriters Caucus to give the nation’s creative community access to Capitol Hill. Blackburn was selected to serve as an assistant majority whip in the 108th Congress and an assistant minority whip for the 109th Congress. Whip Roy Blunt selected Rep. Blackburn to serve as a Deputy Whip for the 110th Congress . She has been named the communications chairman for the Republican Study Committee, a large group of fiscally conservative Republicans that make up a majority of Republicans in Congress . Blackburn was also named by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) as the communications chairman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which recruits and supports Republican candidates for the United States Congress.
A graduate of Mississippi State University and a small-business owner, Blackburn has been actively involved in Tennessee grass-roots politics and civic organizations for more than 25 years. Blackburn was born on June 6, 1952. Marsha and Chuck Blackburn have been married for 32 years. They have two children, Mary Morgan Ketchel and Chad Blackburn, and one grandson, Jack Ketchel.
Brent Skorup is a Senior Research Fellow in the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research areas include wireless policy, new media regulation, telecommunications, and driverless cars.
He serves on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee and is the vice chair of the Competitive Access subcommittee. He is also a member of the Arlington County (Va.) Broadband Advisory Committee.
Craig Parshall is a senior legal counsel to Washington-based groups, including the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), where he focuses on free speech and religious liberty issues. He is also the founding Director of the John Milton Project for Free Speech, and is a leading strategist on matters of free speech on the Internet. Craig is also a columnist and a New York Times best-selling fiction author.
In the Market with Janet Parshall, challenges listeners to examine major news stories and issues being debated in the marketplace of ideas and speaks to them with the Word of God. In this fast-paced, caller-driven program, Janet evaluates newsworthy topics with guests and listeners using the Bible as a framework for discussion. This daily program addresses relevant issues important to Christians, with an engaging mix of listener interaction and commentary from highly respected guests.