Ashkhen Kazaryan

Content Policy Manager, Regulation

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Ashkhen Kazaryan

Content Policy Manager, Regulation

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Ashkhen Kazaryan is a tech policy expert. She manages and develops policy projects on free speech, content moderation, surveillance reform, and the intersection of constitutional rights and technology. Ashkhen is Policy Manager on Content Regulation Team at Facebook. She was the Director of Civil Liberties at TechFreedom July 2016 – November 2020. At TechFreedom she also managed outreach and coalition building for the organization and hosted The Tech Policy Podcast. Ashkhen is regularly featured as an expert commentator in news outlets across television, radio, podcasts, and print and digital publications including: CNBC, BBC, FOX DC, Politico, Axios, The Washington Examiner and others.

Ashkhen is a board member of the Fourth Amendment Advisory Committee, an Internet Law and Policy Fellow at the IP Foundry. She received her Specialist in Law degree summa cum laude from Lomonosov MSU in 2012, Master of Law Degree from Yale Law School in 2016, and is completing her PhD in Law at the Law School of Lomonosov Moscow State University (thesis on Legal Regulation of Art Markets). At Yale Law, Ashkhen served as an Articles Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Senior Editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review and Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Technology while also being Co-Chair of the Public Interest Fellowship. Prior to that, she worked as the leading legal analyst/law clerk at the High Intellectual Property Court, drafting decisions of the Presidium of the Court. In 2013-2014 she was a Fox Fellow at Yale.

Ashkhen is a proud supporter of New England Patriots and a Broadway musical enthusiast. She grew up in Moscow and currently lives in Washington, DC.

Contributions

Leave a Decent Comment: Section 230 & the Fight for the Future of the Internet

April 22, 2021

In this short film, Former Representative Chris Cox, Senator Ted Cruz, Ashkhen Kazaryan, Rachel Bovard, and Jeff Kosseff explain the history and current issues around Section 230.

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Explainer Episode 17 – A Big Week for Section 230

October 16, 2020

Jennifer Huddleston and Ashkhen Kazaryan break down the recent news related to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

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Tech Roundup Episode 11 – TikTok’s Running Clock

September 10, 2020

How might the standoff over TikTok’s U.S. operations play out? Does the app pose a significant enough national security threat to warrant the forced sale? And how does this situation fit into the broader picture of U.S.-China relations?

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Deep Dive Episode 131 – Free Speech in the Digital Era: Section 230 and the FCC

September 8, 2020

In this live podcast, panelists discuss the background of Section 230 and reflect on whether it continues to encourage innovation and free speech online, or if changes are needed.

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Tech Roundup Episode 10 – Trump’s Executive Order on Online Censorship

June 8, 2020

What is the legislative and legal background of the recent Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, how will it affect Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and what may be the unforeseen consequences of this move? These and other questions are addressed in this episode.

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Tech Roundup Episode 8 – The Future of Facial Recognition

March 26, 2020

In this episode, Matthew Feeney hosts a discussion with Ashkhen Kazaryan and Caleb Watney on the approach regulators might take to the brave new world of facial recognition technology.

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Tech Roundup Episode 5 – Section 230

December 17, 2019

In this episode, experts discuss Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects platforms from liability for the content produced by users. Some legislators have recently floated the idea of enforcing ‘platform neutrality’ in a way that, according to critics, threatens the sort of free speech Section 230 is meant to protect.

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