Essays and Scholarship

Amplification and Its Discontents

Why regulating the reach of online content is hard

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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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For the Biden Administration, Who Counts as News Media?

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

Biden Administration Continues to Defend Social Media Registration Requirement in Court

Issues

Free Speech & Social Media

Safeguarding the vitality and integrity of public discourse online

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Featured

Knight Institute Comments on Facebook’s Two-Year Suspension of Trump’s Account and Its New “Public Figures” Protocol

Calls, again, for an independent investigation into how Facebook’s design and engineering contributed to the events of January 6

Transparency & Democracy

Ensuring access to information necessary for self-government

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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

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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

Research

Deep Dive

An Illustrated Field Guide to Social Media

    

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Litigation

Lawsuit

Edgar v. Haines

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

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Litigation

Lawsuit

National Association of Immigration Judges v. McHenry

A lawsuit challenging a government policy silencing immigration judges

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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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