Analysis

Public Officials Can’t Block Critics from Official Social Media Accounts

Appeals court protects public’s right to read and respond to official social media accounts, at a time when we rely on them most

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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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Issues

Free Speech & Social Media

Safeguarding the vitality and integrity of public discourse online

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Featured

How to Regulate (and Not Regulate) Social Media

Creating incentives for social media companies to be responsible and trustworthy institutions

Privacy & Surveillance

Protecting the privacy vital to free thought and expression

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Featured

A New U.S. Visa Requirement is Silencing Foreign Filmmakers

Policy infringes on filmmakers' freedom of expression and interferes with Americans' ability to engage with diverse international thinkers 

Transparency & Democracy

Ensuring access to information necessary for self-government

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Featured

We May Never See John Bolton's Book

 

A New York Times op-ed by Jameel Jaffer and Ramya Krishnan on the dangers of prepublication review

Research

Announcing the Knight Institute’s Occasional Papers Series

Institute launches a new series with an essay by Jack Balkin

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FOIA

Knight Institute Asks CDC for Policies Restricting Employees’ Speech

Policies raise public-health and free-speech concerns in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

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Litigation

Lawsuit

Doc Society v. Pompeo

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

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Research

Leading Legal Scholars and Technologists to Contribute to “Data and Democracy” Symposium

Symposium will take place October 15-16, 2020, at Columbia University

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