Lies and Democracy

Political lies, American democracy, and the “Big Lie”

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.

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Ethan Zuckerman Reimagines the Internet

Call for Papers: Lies, Free Speech, and the Law

Doc Society v. Blinken: Challenging the State Department’s Social Media Registration Requirement


Privacy & Surveillance

Protecting the privacy vital to free thought and expression

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Knight Institute Seeks Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Records Concerning Surveillance of Incarcerated People’s Mail

Says the program raises serious constitutional concerns

Transparency & Democracy

Ensuring access to information necessary for self-government

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What Is America’s Spy Court Hiding From the Public?

Unnecessary secrecy about government surveillance is bad for the intelligence agencies, the spy court, and our democracy

Free Speech & Social Media

Safeguarding the vitality and integrity of public discourse online

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Animal Rights Advocates File First Amendment Lawsuit against Government for Blocking Critical Comments on Health Agencies’ Social Media Accounts

Knight Institute says the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health cannot discriminate based on viewpoint


Essays and Scholarship

What We Owe Whistleblowers

Jameel Jaffer argues that their disclosures since 9/11 have been vital, and that we should protect them better than we do

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Press Statement

Researchers, Knight Institute Call on Facebook to Reinstate Researchers' Accounts in Light of FTC Statement

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Knight Institute v. CDC

A FOIA lawsuit seeking policies restricting CDC employees' speech

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Reading Room

Transparency & Democracy

The OLC's Opinions

Documents released in our FOIA lawsuit for OLC legal opinions issued prior to 1994

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