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SXSW 2019

How Scientology and Porn Shaped the Internet

Sex and religion: it's how we have the Internet we have. We'll explain why with stories ripped from the headlines, told by those who were on the frontlines as they shaped the Internet we know today. Whether its been Scientologists, or sitting Senators, all have played a key role. Panelists will explore how their various attempts to control access to religious texts, or moral panics arising from anything having anything to do with sex, have produced litigation and legislation that has affected, and continues to affect, what we all can experience online.

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  1. Understand how Scientology's attempts to control access to Dianetics affected what can appear online today.
  2. Understand how online porn affected what can appear online today.
  3. Understand how sex and religion continue to affect Internet law and policy today.



Cathy Gellis, Attorney, Digital Age Defense

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Tech Industry & Enterprise
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner
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