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Tackling Misinformation – Lessons Learned from Germany and Path Forward for Taiwan

AmCham Special Event 

*This workshop is open to AmCham members and member companies only. The maximum number of registrants per company is 2. 

Due to Taiwan’s recent spotlight on fighting fake news, the German law NetzDG has been prominently and mistakenly referred to as Germany’s law on fake news by the Taiwan government and others.

Dr. Wolfgang Schulz, Director of Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research, is a leading scholar on media law in Germany, and will be able to share his views on NetzDG. Dr. Schulz also holds the UNESCO Chair on Freedom of Communication and Information. During his Asia trip in February 2019, Dr. Schulz will be able to stop by Taiwan and hold an event at AmCham to share his insights on this important matter as Taiwan will likely continue to refer to NetzDG in the near future, as the government determines next steps to fight fake news in Taiwan.

In light of Taiwan’s efforts to combat misinformation, Taiwan scholar Dr. Ting-Chiu Liu co-published an editorial last December, in warning that such attempts must not impede on freedom of speech. During this event, Dr. Liu will provide insights on relevant policies and laws in Taiwan. The event will be followed by a panel discussion by Jo-Fan Yu, Partner at Baker & McKenzie.

About the Speaker

Dr. Wolfgang Schulz

Director of Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz is director of the Hans-Bredow-Institut for Media Research and has the university professorship “Media Law and Public Law including Theoretical Foundations” at the Faculty of Law at Universität Hamburg. In February 2012, he was also appointed director at Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin
Wolfgang Schulz is a member of the Committee of Experts on Internet Intermediaries (MSI-NET) of the European Council and has been elected chairman thereof. He is also the Chairman on UNESCO Freedom of Communication and Information committee. Furthermore, he will serve on the advisory board of the Law & Technology Centre of Hong Kong University.

Dr. Ting-Chi Liu

Associate Professor, College of Law, National Chengchi University

Dr. Ting-Chi Liu, Associate Professor, College of Law, National Chengchi University will be the invited co-speaker for the event. Dr. Liu’s key areas of research extend across constitutional law, communications law, privacy law, and freedom of information law.
Dr. Liu holds a S.J.D. from George Washington University. His past publications include journal papers such as The Impact of International Human Rights Treaties on the Judicial Practices after Their Incorporation into Domestic Law- Focusing on the Judgments of Administrative Courts in R.O.C.(TAIWAN); Cloud Computing and Personal Data Protection- Focusing on Comparing Taiwan’s Personal Data Protection Act and the EU’s Data Protection Directive; and Rethinking Judicial Yuan Interpretation No.689: Focusing on the Protection of Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Speech, and the Right to Privacy and their Potential Conflicts.

Panel Discussion Moderator

Jo-Fan Yu

Partner / Baker & McKenzie

Jo-Fan Yu is a partner and member of Baker McKenzie Information, Technology, Communications (IT/C) and Telecoms, Media, and Technology (TMT) groups in Taipei. Having worked for Google as its Taiwan and Hong Kong policy head as well as local counsel for global internet companies for several years, Jo-Fan has vast experience in providing legal and policy advice to the technology industry focusing on privacy issues, data protection, content regulation, and IP-related issues. As a former senior prosecutor, she has gained extensive experience in handling high-profile litigations and criminal investigations.


14:45-15:00 Registration & Networking
15:00-15:10 Introduction:William Foreman, AmCham President

·              Introduction of Taiwan’s Fake News environment and references to Germany’s NetzDG

·              Introduction of Invited Speakers

·              Preview of Schedule

15:10-15:35 Prof. Dr. Ting-Chi Liu

·              Introduction of Taiwan’s Media Law

·              Development of Technology Affecting New Media

·              Recent Developments in Fake News (Post-election)

15:35-16:05 Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz

·              History of Germany’s NetzDG

·              Discussion on NetzDG

·              Misconceptions of NetzDG by other countries

·              Future of NetzDG

16:05- 16:20 Coffee break
16:20-17:00 Panel and Q&A, moderated by Yu, Jo-Fan, Baker McKenzie
17:00 End

Contact Person: Mia Shih (02) 2718-8226 ext. 311 / [email protected]


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February 21, 2019 (Thursday)
2:45 pm - 5:00 pm
 (Taiwan time, UTC+8)


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