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Emma Llansó

Emma Llansó

Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT)

Emma Llansó is the Director of CDT’s Free Expression Project, where she works to promote law and policy that support Internet users’ free expression rights in the United States, Europe, and around the world. Emma’s work spans many subjects, including human trafficking, privacy and online harassment, online child safety, terrorist propaganda, and disinformation. In particular, she focuses on the capabilities and limitations of machine learning techniques and other forms of automation in content moderation and analysis of online speech.

Ms Llansó leads CDT’s work focused on protecting fundamental rights to freedom of expression and preserving strong intermediary liability protections as a core element of legal frameworks that support free expression online. This work includes legislative advocacy, amicus activity, and engagement in multistakeholder initiatives. Emma frequently shares her expertise on panels, roundtables, and other events, as well as through interviews in print, radio, television, and online.

Ms Llansó also works with user-generated content services and other stakeholders to develop content policy best practices, including meaningful transparency, appeals, and remedy procedures. Among other projects, Ms Llansó was deeply involved in the development of the Santa Clara Principles on Transparency and Accountability in Content Moderation.

Ms Llansó is a member of the Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network, the Christchurch Call Advisory Network, and has served on the Board of the Global Network Initiative. Ms Llansó also represents CDT on the Twitch Safety Advisory Council and the Twitter Trust & Safety Council.

Ms Llansó earned a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Yale Law School, and is a member of the New York State Bar. Emma joined CDT in 2009.

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