Tech Policy in the Shadow of Dobbs

July 8, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overruled a half century of precedent supporting a constitutional right to abortion access, has sent shockwaves across the legal community. In the tech space, the ruling raises difficult privacy and security questions related to how the digital surveillance economy may be weaponized to track women seeking healthcare services. Content moderation challenges are also being reconsidered, in light of reports that Facebook has been removing posts offering abortifacients by mail. Even the First Amendment is engaged, amid reports that some state legislatures are considering new laws criminalizing websites that "encourage" illegal abortion services.

This panel, which is co-sponsored by the UCLA Institute for Technology, Law & Policy and the Center on Reproductive Health, Law, and Policy, brings together leading experts on cybersecurity, freedom of speech, and reproductive rights to discuss the tech policy landscape in the aftermath of Dobbs.


- Eva Galperin, Director of Cybersecurity, Electronic Frontier Foundation

- Sapna Khatri, Sears Clinical Teaching Fellow, UCLA

- Kendra Albert, Founder and Director of the Initiative for a Representative First Amendment, Harvard University


- Michael Karanicolas, Executive Director, The Institute for Technology, Law & Policy 


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