Essays and Scholarship

Amplification and Its Discontents

Daphne Keller on why regulating the reach of online content is hard

Our Mission

We defend the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education.

We promote a system of free expression that is open and inclusive, that broadens and elevates public discourse, and that fosters creativity, accountability, and effective self-government.

Learn More

Blog

The Justice Department’s New Media Protections Are (Mostly) a Promise, Not Yet a Reality

Knight Institute Publishes New Series of OLC Indexes

Free Speech and the ‘Cancel Culture’ Conundrum

Issues

Free Speech & Social Media

Safeguarding the vitality and integrity of public discourse online

Learn More

Featured

Texas Attorney General Agrees To Not Block Critics from His Twitter Account

A victory for Texans’ First Amendment rights in Knight Institute v. Paxton

Transparency & Democracy

Ensuring access to information necessary for self-government

Learn More

Featured

Former Government Officials, as well as Media Organizations, Microsoft, Former Magistrate Judges File SCOTUS Briefs Challenging Secrecy of U.S. Surveillance Court

Filers Urge Supreme Court to Hear Case on Public Right of Access to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Opinions

Privacy & Surveillance

Protecting the privacy vital to free thought and expression

Learn More

Featured

Clearview AI’s First Amendment Theory Threatens Privacy—and Free Speech, Too

Drawing the line around what is protected by the First Amendment is more challenging than you might think

Reading Room

Transparency & Democracy

Press-related prosecutions under the Espionage Act

Legal filings in Espionage Act prosecutions of individuals accused of disclosing information to the press and public

Learn More

Litigation

Lawsuit

Edgar v. Haines

A lawsuit challenging the government's system of "prepublication review"

Learn More

Litigation

Lawsuit

Doc Society v. Blinken

A lawsuit challenging the State Department’s social media registration requirement

Learn More

Research

Deep Dive

An Illustrated Field Guide to Social Media

A look at alternative logics for social media published in connection with “Reimagine the Internet”

Learn More