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WNE Law Review to Present Post-Pandemic Digital World: Platforms, Algorithms, Cybersecurity, and Justice

SPRINGFIELD, MA (10/14/2021) Western New England University (WNE) will host Post-Pandemic Digital World: Platforms, Algorithms, Cybersecurity, and Justice a virtual symposium presented by the Western New England University Law Review on Friday, October 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST. U.S. Senator Ed Markey will deliver a pre-recorded welcome keynote for this year’s symposium. This event is free and open to the public. Register here.

The enduring global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of our home, school, financial, and work lives. Social media platforms as well as financial platforms are at the center of these vital activities. Demands for self-regulation and government regulation of platforms abound to address the spread of misinformation, stock market manipulation, and corporate power to “regulate” speech.

This symposium aims to begin a larger conversation about approaches to regulation of digital platforms, at a time when they are rapidly gaining significance, and the issues they create are becoming increasingly complex. “By bringing together experts of varying backgrounds and disciplines, we desire to unpack the complexities,” says WNE School of Law Professor Jennifer Taub. “Analyzing and discussing potential solutions to these problems will assist people in understanding how the modern-day soapbox impacts our everyday lives. We are hosting this symposium to jump-start the conversation through informed, respectful, and vigorous discussion.”

For a full list of panelists, including prominent scholars, activists, and local practitioners, please visit the Western New England Law Review Facebook page or visit the Western New England Law Review Symposiums page at Registration for this event at

The Western New England Law Review, established in 1978, is published by students at Western New England University School of Law. The Board of Editors and Junior Staff consist of students who are selected based on academic performance, or on their performance in a write-on competition. Each issue of the Law Review typically consists of essays and articles, written by legal scholars and practitioners, and student “notes,” written by Law Review members during their first year on the Law Review. The Law Review gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the School of Law and the advice and assistance of its faculty.

Western New England University (WNE) is a private, nationally ranked, comprehensive institution with a focus on preparing work-ready and world-ready graduates. Founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts as a division of Northeastern College, WNE’s 215-acre suburban campus serves more than 3,700 students, including over 2,500 full-time undergraduates. More than 47,000 alumni have earned degrees through its 90+ undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and School of Law. Students come from 39 U.S. states and territories and 23 countries. Of 44,486 living alumni, 30% remain within the region, residing in the four Western Massachusetts counties and northern Connecticut.

WNE is classified among nationally ranked universities in US News and World Report, and among the Top 100 Undergraduate Engineering programs, and in the Doctoral/Professional Universities category in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.