DISRUPTED: Speech and Democracy in the Digital Age

A symposium convened by the Knight Institute and Tow Center for Digital Journalism to explore questions of free speech and free press in the age of digital democracy 

Columbia University, New York, NY

More than two centuries into the American experiment, there is still vigorous disagreement about the reasons for protecting speech, and about whether we protect it enough, or too much. Technological change is transforming this debate because it is transforming the way we communicate. On May 1, 2017, the Knight First Amendment Institute and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism convened some of America's most important thinkers about free speech and the free press to address essential questions about democracy in the digital age. The event, held at the Italian Academy at Columbia University, was a day of vigorous exploration. You can watch videos of the event below.


Welcoming Remarks   |   9:30 a.m.

Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the Knight Foundation

Free Speech in the Networked World   |   9:45 a.m.

Beth Simone Noveck, Professor and Director, the Governance Lab

Zeynep Tufekci, Professor, University of North Carolina
Tim Wu, Professor, Columbia Law School

Are First Amendment Values Under Siege?   |   11:15 a.m.

Vincent Blasi, Professor, Columbia Law School

Jeffrey Abramson, Professor, University of Texas-Austin
Jamal Greene, Professor, Columbia Law School
Leslie Kendrick, Professor, University of Virginia School of Law
Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, PEN American Center

Introduction of Aryeh Neier   |   1:30 p.m.

Jameel Jaffer, Founding Director of the Knight First Amendment Institute

Keynote Address   |   1:45 p.m.

Aryeh Neier, President Emeritus, Open Society Foundations

More or Less Free: Journalism and the Internet   |   3:00 p.m.

Emily Bell, Founding Director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism

Nicholas Lemann, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Columbia Journalism School
Michael Oreskes, Senior Vice President for News and Editorial Director, NPR
Lydia Polgreen, Editor-in-Chief, HuffPost