Our Mission

We defend the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education.

We promote a system of free expression that is open and inclusive, that broadens and elevates public discourse, and that fosters creativity, accountability, and effective self-government.

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Blog

The Office of Legal Counsel Discloses List of Classified Opinions in Important Step for Transparency

The ABA Urges Action Against Abusive Commercial Spyware, and Policymakers Should Listen

Does the First Amendment Bar Government Officials from Browbeating Social Media Platforms?

Issues

Transparency & Democracy

Ensuring access to information necessary for self-government

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Featured

After the Fall of the American Digital Empire

Between the U.S., China, and EU, the race for global technological dominance is intensifying.

Free Speech & Social Media

Safeguarding the vitality and integrity of public discourse online

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Featured

There’s a Problem With Banning TikTok. It’s Called the First Amendment.

             

Privacy & Surveillance

Protecting the privacy vital to free thought and expression

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Featured

State Department Rule Requiring Visa Applicants to Register Their Social Media Handles is Ineffective, New Documents Say

Knight Institute renews calls for Biden administration to end policy that “infringes expressive and associational freedom”

Litigation

Press Statement

Federal Court in Texas Orders Caldwell County to Open Bail Hearings to the Public

Ruling protects the First Amendment rights of the press and public to observe critically important hearings

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Reading Room

Transparency & Democracy

The OLC's Opinions

Opinions published by the OLC, including those released in response to our FOIA lawsuit

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Research

Essay Series

Permission to Speak Freely? Managing Government Employee Speech in a Democracy

A project exploring the law and politics of public employee speech

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Research

Essay Series

The Future of Press Freedom: Democracy, Law, and the News in Changing Times

A project aimed at identifying and protecting core press functions

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