My Section 230 Scholarship

Below is a complete archive of all of my Section 230 publications and talks (including upcoming presentations). I can be reached at or @jess_miers on Twitter.

Works in Progress

Navigating the Intersection of Right of Publicity and Intellectual Property (2020) (co-authored with Prof. John Villasenor): A law review article exploring the intersection of the right of publicity and Section 230. This article is part of ongoing research with the UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy.

A Troll Taxonomy (2021) (co-authored with Prof. Brian L. Frye): Assessing the intersection of 230 and online trolling.

Advocacy Projects & Educational Resources

My Section 230 Bill Tracker and Redlines, (a database of 230 proposed regulations and redlines), Fall 2020-

Articles and Resources Submitted to Project Disco, Project Disco (a compilation of commentary about Section 230 legislation), Fall 2020-

My Section 230 Overview Slides, self-published, (last updated January 2021)

Section 230 Key Developments (2020) Slides, co-authored w/Prof. Eric Goldman, (last updated December 2020)

Internet Law Teaching Assistant Answer, Fall 2020

My Internet Law Outline, self-published, (last updated Fall 2019)

Internet Law Student Answer, Prof. Eric Goldman’s Law Blog, Fall 2019, (I also received a Witkin Award).

Brief of TechFreedom as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner, June 12, 2020 (assisted with drafting the brief with TechFreedom and O’Melveny & Myers) (Malwarebytes v. Enigma)

Brief of Amici Curiae Cybersecurity Law Professors in Support of Malwarebytes, Inc’s Petition for Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc, November 19, 2019 (assisted with preparing the brief with Prof. Eric Goldman and Venkat Balasubramani)


Regulating Internet Services by Size (Co-authored w/Eric Goldman), Competition Policy International, Antitrust Chronicle, May 25, 2021

Must Carry Reforms Won’t Fix the Internet, But They Could Destroy It, Jurist, Feb 1, 2021

Section 230 Key Developments Talk: 2020 Cloud Conference (Write-up), Medium, November 18, 2020

Your Problem Is Not With Section 230, But The 1st Amendment, Techdirt, November 2, 2020

Twitter hid the Hunter Biden story. That’s not a good reason to nuke Section 230, Washington Examiner, October 24, 2020 (Co-Authored with James Czerniawski)

Combating Internet Trolls: The Right of Publicity and Section 230, Landslide, Section of Intellectual Property Law, ABA, Volume 13 Issue 1, September/October 2020. (Cross-posted to SSRN) (Co-Authored with Prof. Brian L. Frye)

My Thread on the NTIA’s Section 230 Petition, Twitter, September 1, 2020

Section 230 Isn’t Why Omegle Has Awful Content, And Getting Rid Of 230 Won’t Change That, Techdirt; Tech Policy Greenhouse: Content Moderation Series, August 10, 2020

Recapping Recent Section 230 ProposalsMedium (personal page), June 30, 2020

President Trump Loves Section 230 for Himself, Just Not for Anyone Else (Guest Blog Post), Technology & Marketing Law Blog, June 22, 2020

“There’s Always a Tweet” Applies to Trump’s Anti-Social Media Rhetoric (Guest Blog Post), Technology & Marketing Law Blog, June 21, 2020

What Jonestown Might Teach Us about Section 230’s Fate, Jurist, June 17, 2020

A primer on Section 230 and Trump’s executive order, Brookings, June 8, 2020

The First Amendment, the Information Ecosystem, and Artificial Intelligence, Golden Data, April 14, 2020

Why Section 230 Matters And How Not To Break The Internet; DOJ 230 Workshop Review, Part I, Techdirt, February 21, 2020 (co-authored with Berin Szoka, Ashken Kazaryan)

Section 230 and Criminal Law; DOJ 230 Workshop Review, Part II, Techdirt, February 21, 2020 (co-authored with Berin Szoka, Ashken Kazaryan)

Why Can’t Internet Companies Stop Awful Content? Ars Technica, November 27, 2019 (co-authored with Professor Eric Goldman). Cross-posted to SSRN

Speaking Engagements

IAPP Networking Panel (Introduction to Section 230), Tulane University Law School/IAPP, TBD

The Difference Between Safe Harbors and Immunities (512/230 lecture), Saint Louis University School of Law, (Guest Lecture for Prof. Yvette Joy Liebesman’s Copyright class), April 13, 2021

Section 230 and Video Game Law, Georgetown Law, (Guest Lecture for Prof. Ben Golant’s Video Game Law class), March 8, 2021 [Slides]

Introduction to Section 230, University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication, (Guest Lecture for Prof. Christopher Terry’s Internet Law class), February 15, 2021 [Slides]

A Discussion about Section 230 w/Jess Miers & Prof. Eric Goldman, California Lawyers Association: Technology, Internet and Privacy Interest Group, February 10, 2021 [Our slides here]

Digital Track | The Struggle is Real With Content Moderation, The ABA 26th Annual Conference of the Forum on Communications Law, January 28, 2021 (I spoke as a Section 230 expert; my slides)

Falling in Love with Internet Law with Jess Miers, Lawvely Podcast episode about Section 230 and my law school journey, January 27, 2021 (Apple podcast/Spotify podcast)

Election Mis/Disinformation (Panel Moderator), Internet Law & Policy Foundry, January 21, 2021

Section 230 Panel w/Jess Miers and Rep. Chris Cox, Young Voices, January 21, 2021

Jess Miers, Or How I Learned Not To Hate Section 230, Relentless Daring Podcast, December 16, 2020

AI, Big Data, and Cloud Conference (Presentation on Section 230), Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, November 17, 2020 (Co-Presented with Prof. Eric Goldman)

A Conversation About Section 230 and Privacy, Brooklyn Law School, November 12, 2020

A Discussion about Section 230 and JD Advantage Jobs, Hoftra Law, October 21, 2020

Navigating the Right of Publicity and Section 230, lecture at UK College of Law, October  14, 2020

Introduction to Section 230 and Content Moderation, panel discussion at Santa Clara Law, hosted by the Internet Law Student Organization and the Society for Interactive Entertainment and Gaming Law, October 13, 2020

Section 230 and the Freedom to Remove Objectionable Content, Community Signal, October 12, 2020

Introduction to Section 230 and Content Moderation, lecture at UCLA, October 12, 2020

The FCBA Presents: Section 230 Ask the Experts, Federal Communications Bar Association, September 24, 2020 (Paper TBD) (Santa Clara Law’s Announcement)

The War on Porn (a discussion about Section 230), XBIZ Miami Virtual Conference, (August 26, 2020)

SCL webinar: An Overview of Section 230 and Content Moderation – Online Intermediary Liability in the U.S., SCL Tech Law for Everyone, (August 6, 2020)

I ❤ Section 230, Tech Talk for Google’s Global Policy and Standards Virtual Summit (Internal talk), (July 27, 2020)

Jess Miers on Section 230: What Is It and Why Do So Many Not Understand It, Alternating Current, (July 27, 2020)

Jess Miers and James Czerniawski on the Internet, Section 230, and Content Moderation, Libertas Institute, (June 22, 2020)

Eric Goldman and Jess Miers on Section 230 and Content Moderation, UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy, Episode 8, (June 19, 2020) (Video)

Ars Boni Episode 21 – The Migration of Institutions and the Role of Immunity Clauses, (May 7, 2020)

Jess Miers of Santa Clara Law on “The First Amendment, the information ecosystem, and artificial intelligence”, (April 9, 2020)

Guest speaker for Prof. William Covington’s class at the University of Washington School of Law on Section 230 and the Internet, (May 2020)

Co-speaker w/Prof. Eric Goldman on Section 230 and content moderation policy for Santa Clara University’s Meet the President Pasadena Event, (2019)

Jess Miers on Section 230 and the Internet, Ipse Dixit podcast Season 1, Ep. 293, June 29, 2019

TEDx speaker at Santa Clara University on Section 230 and Content Moderation, (2019)

Misc. Interviews

Is the Bipartisan Consensus on Section 230 a Mirage?, Brett Stover, Medium, January 20, 2021

Chaotic Stream of Rival Anti-Section 230 Proposals Muddy Constructive Debate, Gustavo Turner, XBIZ, September 30, 2020

Trump, GOP Senators Renew Attacks on Section 230, Gustavo Turner, XBIZ, September 09, 2020