Deep Dive

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Facebook?

Start with Congress enabling more research and journalism focused on social media platforms

By Ramya Krishnan & Alex Abdo

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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Blog

Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA: Targeting an Intelligence Program That Monitors Americans’ International Internet Traffic

North Carolina Becomes the Latest State to Digitize Mail in Prisons

Judicial Secrecy: How to fix the over-sealing of federal court records

Issues

Transparency & Democracy

Ensuring access to information necessary for self-government

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Featured

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

Privacy & Surveillance

Protecting the privacy vital to free thought and expression

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Featured

Writing to Someone in Prison? Uncle Sam May Keep a Copy.

Knight Institute lawsuit aims to bring new surveillance program to light

Free Speech & Social Media

Safeguarding the vitality and integrity of public discourse online

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Featured

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

Research

Essays and Scholarship

Licensure as Data Governance

Moving toward an industrial policy for artificial intelligence

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Research

Symposiums and Convenings

Lies and the Law

A series of public conversations exploring what the law can and should do about the problem of lies and deception in the contemporary mass public sphere

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Research

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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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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