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Don't Be Awful: Attorney Roger Myers on the line between free speech and online harassment

By Paul Bradley Carr , written on February 9, 2015

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Late last month, we hosted a 24 hour event called Don't Be Awful. The aim was to bring together as many different voices as possible -- from VC's to anti-eviction protesters and everyone between -- to discuss ways that Silicon Valley, and the tech industry generally, might be made a little better.

The event was an astounding success, thanks to dozens of speakers, hundreds of attendees and thousands of online viewers. At the end of the 24 hours (actually, closer to 26 hours), we awarded three prizes to the contributors who had suggested the best ideas or made the best contributions to the event. I'll write more about those winners soon. Before that, though, we're putting the videos of all the sessions up on YouTube as quickly as possible. All being well, the entire event should be available to watch again by the end of the week.

Here's the first session, where I talk to  SF attorney Roger Myers -- famous for getting Wikileaks back online after a Swiss bank tried to silence it -- about the line between free speech and online harassment. He also gives great advice on when it's the right time for a startup to call in a lawyer, and how to know if you should fight or cave.

More videos soon!