On September 23rd, Georgetown University’s Free Speech Project and the Knight First Amendment Institute will host a panel discussion exploring the intersection of social media and the First Amendment. Panelists will consider a range of questions, including whether social media platforms should be considered public forums; whether government officials' social media accounts are public forums – and the implications of rulings that they are; whether the First Amendment precludes Congress from regulating social media; whether the platforms' users have any First Amendment rights vis-à-vis the social media companies; and whether the First Amendment is adequate to the task of protecting free speech in an era when private corporations, rather than government actors, have seemingly become the gatekeepers to the public square.

This panel will feature:

  • Katie Fallow, Senior Staff Attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute
  • Sarah Jeong, journalist and member of The New York Times editorial board
  • Jeff Kosseff, Cybersecurity Law Professor at U.S. Naval Academy and author of The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet
  • Lori Moylan, Public Policy, Facebook
  • Kara Swisher, Co-Founder of Recode and contributing opinion writer at The New York Times
  • Moderated by Sanford J. Ungar, Director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University.

Monday, September 23, 2019

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Gaston Hall, Georgetown University

37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington, DC

Free Registration:


Sponsored by the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, and the Knight Foundation.