Facebook Should Lift Restrictions on Public-Interest Journalism and Research

Restrictions impede public understanding of Facebook’s platform and its impact on democracy

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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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Free Speech & Social Media

Safeguarding the vitality and integrity of public discourse online

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Beyond Facebook Logic: Help us map alternative social media!

Toward a civic-minded social media

Transparency & Democracy

Ensuring access to information necessary for self-government

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Office of Legal Counsel May Be Required to Release Many of Its Legal Opinions, Court Says

Ruling is a major victory for transparency and accountability

Privacy & Surveillance

Protecting the privacy vital to free thought and expression

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Knight Institute, Reporters Committee, and a Dozen Media Organizations Argue Device Searches at Border Violate First Amendment Rights

Urge federal appeals court to require a warrant for device searches

 

Litigation

Lawsuit

Knight Institute v. Trump

A lawsuit challenging President Trump's blocking of critics on Twitter

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Advocacy

Advocacy Project

U.S. Army and Navy Can't Ban Twitch Users Based on Viewpoint

Practice suppresses “core political speech” and violates the First Amendment

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Event

Data and Democracy

A symposium considering how big data is changing our system of self-government

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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

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