January 19, 2022

Research Tools: Stanford Law’s Center for Internet and Society Launches “World Intermediary Liability Map 2.0”

From the Center for Internet and Society:

The Stanford Center for Internet and Society (CIS) announced today the launch of its new and improved World Intermediary Liability Map.

Known as the WILMap, this online resource brings together a global team of expert volunteers who track the rapidly changing laws and developments shaping online speech and platform responsibility around the world. To understand what Germany’s new “hate speech” law says, or how the “Right to Be Forgotten” is expanding under the GDPR and around the world, the WILMap is a convenient and constantly evolving resource to help interested parties navigate online liability laws.

“Intermediary liability laws provide internet companies like Facebook, Google, CloudFlare, or your local ISP, with information on the legal responsibility they may have for the content shared by their users,” said Stanford CIS Fellow Luiz Fernando Marrey Moncau, who oversaw development of the new WILMap.

Daphne Keller, Director of Intermediary Liability, CIS, added, “If you use the Internet to speak, look for information, run a business, or maintain contact with friends, then intermediary liability laws affect you. The WILMap is an unparalleled resource for anyone operating under these laws.” Moncau and Keller emphasized that, while the WILMap can’t perfectly capture the world’s laws, the launch is a great opportunity to bring new contributors on board to add more content.


Originally launched in 2014, the WILMap provides summaries of case law, statutes, proposed laws, and other developments around the world that related to online liability.

The new version of WILMap offers greatly improved functionality and content, including overviews of key topics, advanced search functionality, and visual representation of global development through mapping “layers.”

Examples include:

The WILMap is kept up to date by an amazing team of contributors around the world. It is currently coordinated by Luiz Fernando Marrey Moncau and was originally developed by Giancarlo F Frosio.


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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.