Past Events 9/26/18: Freedom of Expression in an Age of Surveillance The Knight Institute and Yale Law School's Information Society Project co-host the first in a series of events examining the role that the First Amendment should play in assessing the lawfulness of government surveillance. 9/24/18: Secrets and Leaks: Whistleblowers, Journalists, and National Security The Knight Institute co-hosts a conversation featuring Martin Baron, Carrie Cordero, Alberto Mora, Laura Poitras, Sanford J. Ungar, and executive director Jameel Jaffer. 6/21/18: Center for a New American Security Annual Conference Senior Attorney Alex Abdo will participate in a panel discussion, "Reporting America's Secrets: Journalism, Classified Information, and the Age of Leaks," with Kate Brannen, Bruce Brown, Shane Harris, and Carrie Cordero. 6/21/18: The First Amendment for the 21st Century: Current Threats and Community Responses Director Jameel Jaffer will join CNN's April Ryan and former Congressman Mickey Edwards in Pittsburgh for a conference organized to increase appreciation for fundamental liberties that are encompassed by the First Amendment. 5/4/18: Networked Press Freedom: What Does Journalistic Autonomy Mean Anymore? At the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Director Jameel Jaffer will offer a response to author Mike Ananny on his new book exploring the meaning of press freedom in an era of digital journalism. 5/3/18: World Press Freedom Day: The State of Storytelling Director Jameel Jaffer joins CNN's Brian Stelter, PBS NewsHour's Yamiche Alcindor, and Reuters President Steve Adler for a conversation about the craft of storytelling, press freedom, and the First Amendment. 4/9/18: Book Launch of "HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship" by Nadine Strossen The Knight Institute co-hosts a conversation between constitutional law scholar Jamal Greene and former ACLU president Nadine Straussen on her new book, which explores solutions for changing the hearts and minds of those who espouse hateful ideologies. 4/4/18: The Constitution vs. Trumpism: Challenges to the Rule of Law in 2018 Director Jameel Jaffer joins Alexander Heffner, Becca Heller, Neal Katyal, and Elizabeth Wydra for the Brennan Center's discussion on the new role courts are playing in determining federal policy in the Trump era. 3/23/18: A First Amendment for All? Free Expression in an Age of Inequality The 2018 Columbia Law Review Symposium, co-sponsored by the Knight Institute, convenes leading legal scholars to explore the use of the First Amendment to advance the pursuit of social and economic equality. 3/15/18: 'Or 'Emet Lecture Director Jameel Jaffer delivers the annual ‘Or ‘Emet Lecture at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. The ‘Or ‘Emet lecture is meant to promote public discussion of the significance of broader philosophical vales, such as religion, ethics, culture, and history, in the development of legal systems. 3/2/18: Prying Eyes: Think Confidential and Privileged Client Information is Safe at the Border? Think Again Attorney Carrie DeCell joins a panel at the American Bar Association's Annual Institute on White Collar Crime to discuss the ethical issues presented by warrantless searches of digital devices by the Department of Homeland Security at U.S. borders. 2/19/18: "The Post" Screening and Panel Director Jameel Jaffer joins Floyd Abrams, Dana Priest, and Jennifer Preston for a panel following a Knight Foundation screening of the film "The Post." 2/12/18: @realDonaldTrump: The President, his Twitter Account, and the First Amendment Director Jameel Jaffer delivers a lecture at Yale University, for the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism series, on the First Amendment implications of President Trump's use of Twitter. 12/15/17: Bill of Rights Day: State of the First Amendment Director Jameel Jaffer joins Anita Bernstein, Jeffrey Herbst, and Michael Gerhardt at the National Constitution Center for a Bill of Rights Day discussion on the state of the First Amendment. 12/6/2017: From Private Companies to President Trump: Defending Public Discourse in the Digital Age The Knight Institute and Tow Center host a discussion – with Senior Attorney Alex Abdo, Tow Center Director Emily Bell, and Gilad Lotan, Vice President and Head of Data Science at BuzzFeed – on the role that platforms, politicians, and the public should play in ensuring the integrity of public discourse. 11/30/2017: Are Troll Armies Killing Free Speech? The Knight Institute and the Brown Institute co-host a conversation between ProPublica's Julia Angwin, Columbia Law School's David Pozen, and author and Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu about Wu's essay for the Knight Institute's 'Emerging Threats' series. 11/16/17: RISK Screening and Conversation Senior Attorney Alex Abdo will join a conversation with filmmaker Laura Poitras after a screening of her documentary RISK on Julian Assange at the Lenfest Center for the Arts at Columbia University. 11/13/17: Social Media, Politics and the First Amendment Senior Attorney Katie Fallow joins the Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts at Columbia Law School for a discussion relating to the Knight Institute's lawsuit against the White House for blocking users on Twitter. 11/13/17: New York Times: Protecting Journalism and Media from Attack Director Jameel Jaffer joins Jim Rutenberg, Yasmin Green, and Runa Sandvik to explore solutions to unprecedented legal, cyber, and physical threats faced by journalists and news organizations. 10/27/17: National Security, Privacy, and the Rule of Law Senior Attorney Alex Abdo will discuss the trajectory of state intelligence gathering at Harvard Law School with participants including Ellen Nakashima and Jeffrey Toobin. 10/27/17: Harvard Law School Bicentennial Summit Director Jameel Jaffer will participate on a panel about civil liberties in wartime. Other participants include Harvard Law School professors Jack Goldsmith and Gabriella Blum. 10/17/17: Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press Director Jameel Jaffer will deliver the annual Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press at Harvard University's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. 10/17/17: The First Amendment: From Skokie to Charlottesville & Beyond Senior Attorney Alex Abdo joins legal experts including Floyd Abrams, Nadine Strossen, and Jamal Greene for a New York City Bar event on the First Amendment and hate speech. 10/14/17: Annual Summit of the National Freedom of Information Coalition Director Jameel Jaffer will deliver the keynote address at the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s annual summit, which will be held this year in Nashville, Tennessee. 10/3/17: ON THE RECORD: The State of Press Freedom The Knight Institute will cohost a discussion, featuring Director Jameel Jaffer, addressing the current challenges to press freedom in the United States. 9/28/17: The State of Play: Journalism and the Law in the Age of Trump Senior Attorney Katie Fallow joins a panel of journalists and media lawyers to discuss and provide insights on the changing landscape of journalism and media law under the Trump administration. 9/12/17: Pro-Bono to Protect the First Amendment Senior Attorney Katie Fallow will join a discussion on current event's impact on the First Amendment freedoms of speech and press, and the right to assemble, with David Schulz, Tom Golden, and Bruce T. Brown. 6/9/17: ACS Panel on Social Media, Mobilization and "Fake News" Senior Attorney Alex Abdo spoke on a panel at the American Constitution Society's National Convention on June 9 in Washington, DC. The panel addressed the promises and challenges of social media for free-speech values. Watch the panel here. 6/1/17: Hoover Institution Panel on Section 702 Surveillance Senior Attorney Alex Abdo spoke on a panel at the Hoover Institution's conference titled "Sunrise or Sunset? The Future of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act." Watch the video here. 5/17/17: Stanford Human Rights and Civil Liberties Lecture Director Jameel Jaffer spoke at Stanford Law School on May 17. The talk, on speech and surveillance at the border, was co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law. 5/5/17: RISK: A film by Laura Poitras The Knight Institute hosted an opening-night screening of Poitras's portrait of the founder of Wikileaks, at the IFC Center on May 5. 5/1/17: DISRUPTED: Speech and Democracy in the Digital Age The Knight Institute's inaugural symposium, held at Columbia University, explored the consequences for speech of technology and new communications platforms. Watch the video.