Free Speech & Social Media

Free Speech & Social Media

Safeguarding the vitality and integrity of public discourse online

Conversations that once took place in parks, sidewalks, and public squares now take place largely online, and often on privately owned social media platforms. As a society, we are just beginning to grapple with the question of how the First Amendment and free speech principles should apply in these digital spaces.

Our work seeks to illuminate the forces that are shaping public discourse online, and to ensure the inclusivity and integrity of digital spaces that are increasingly important to our democracy.





Columbia University, New York, NY

The Tech Giants, Monopoly Power, and Public Discourse

A symposium examining free speech implications of "breaking up" today's giant online platforms

New York

Are Troll Armies Killing Free Speech?

The Knight Institute and the Brown Institute co-host a conversation with Julia Angwin, David Pozen, and Tim Wu about new threats to free speech

New York

Defending Public Discourse in the Digital Age

The Knight Institute and Tow Center host a discussion on the role that platforms, politicians, and the public should play in ensuring the integrity of public discourse