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

A Safe Harbor for AI Evaluation and Red Teaming

The Institute’s Nadine Farid Johnson Testifies Before Congress on Press Freedom & the Federal Shield Law Proposal

War & Speech

Issues

Transparency & Democracy

Ensuring access to information necessary for self-government

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Featured

The Press and American Democracy

Identifying four distinct constitutional functions of "the press"

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”

Event

Event

The Public's Right of Access to Court Proceedings: Power, Practice, and Promise

An event exploring the right of access, transparency in the courts, and technology law

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Litigation

Lawsuit

The Foundation for Global Political Exchange v. Department of the Treasury

A case challenging OFAC’s suppression of the exchange of political ideas

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Research

Deep Dive

Jawboning in 2025

When the new administration starts—led either by President Biden or President Trump—what will the state of jawboning be?

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Litigation

Deep Dive

In a victory for free speech, lawsuit challenging mail digitization in jails will move forward

Case brought by incarcerated people and their loved ones in San Mateo, California

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