Podcast: Alissa Starzak on Cloudflare, content moderation, and the internet stack

Computer network equipment is seen in a server room in Vienna, Austria, October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Alissa Starzak is the head of public policy at Cloudflare, a web-infrastructure and cybersecurity company that helps websites stay online by protecting them against excess or malicious internet traffic. Although Cloudflare is not itself a social media platform, it plays a role in online content moderation by deciding which websites it will support—or not. Alongside

Lawfare’s Quinta Jurecic and Evelyn Douek, Starzak discusses exactly what Cloudflare does, the impact of its decisions to terminate service from websites deemed to be hosting extremist or violent material, and how Cloudflare thinks about its role as an arbiter of online content.