The Institute’s research program encompasses a range of investigative, scholarly, and policy-directed projects that explore the intersection of law, technology, and the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age. Institute staff and Visiting Research Scholars convene discussions and commission and produce essay series, white papers, reports, and original research that illuminate trends affecting the system of free expression, support the Institute's litigation projects, and explore new frameworks for protecting the freedoms of speech and the press.

Our research is concentrated in our three priority areas, Free Speech & Social Media, Transparency & Democracy, and Privacy & Surveillance, with a particular emphasis on free speech challenges arising from new technologies. 

Learn more about Senior Visiting Research Scholar positions at the Institute here.

Research Projects

  • Essay Series

    Policy Papers

    A series of papers presenting the Knight Institute’s positions and recommendations on questions regarding technology policy, privacy, and the future of free speech

  • Symposiums and Convenings

    Lies and the Law

    A series of public conversations exploring what the law can and should do about the problem of lies and deception in the contemporary mass public sphere

  • Essay Series

    Data and Democracy

    A Knight Institute and Law and Political Economy Project essay series considering how big data is changing our system of self-government

  • Symposiums and Convenings

    Mapping Social Media

    A research project aimed at identifying the “logics” of social media

  • Essay Series

    Occasional Papers

    An essay series tackling pressing issues at the intersection of speech, privacy, and technology

  • Essay Series

    The Tech Giants, Monopoly Power, and Public Discourse

    An essay series addressing the tech giants' power to shape public discourse

  • Essay Series

    Free Speech Futures

    An essay series reimagining the First Amendment in the digital age

  • Essay Series

    Emerging Threats

    An essay series exploring new or intensifying threats to the system of free expression

Essays and Scholarship