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1/7/19 - Don't miss seminar: 'The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet'

In 1996, Congress quietly enacted 26 words in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, providing unprecedented legal immunity to online platforms for all claims arising from user content:

"No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider."

The law is responsible for social media, search engines, Wikipedia, Yelp and any other online operation that relies on third-party content.

Join the Office of Research and Economic Development this week for "The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet," a seminar examining the remarkable influence of Section 230 led by Jeff Kosseff. The assistant professor of cyber science at the United States Naval Academy will visit Mississippi State on Friday [Jan. 11] to discuss his forthcoming book about Section 230's history, impacts on society, equities and future during a presentation from 11 a.m. to noon in Colvard Student Union's Foster Ballroom, Section U.

Please register for this free session at or contact Lynn Taylor at or (662) 325-3168 if you do not have an MSU NetID and would like to attend Kosseff's presentation.

Discover more about the Spring 2019 Research Seminar Series at MSU at

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