Censorship and Privacy: Lessons from Alabama

If an elected official views a political advertisement as misleading, or even false, should that politician have the power to prevent citizens from viewing the ad? Although some members of Congress are warming up to the idea of politicians deciding what constitutes an “honest ad,” most Americans with any concern for the future of free […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Advertising, Donor Privacy, Doug Jones, False Statement Laws, Google, Harrassment, Internet Speech Regulation, Intimidation, John Merrill, Roy Moore, YouTube, Alabama

NYT Op-Ed Grasps at Straws to Justify Online Speech Regulation

Data privacy is an increasingly salient issue. Billions of users have had their personal information leaked over the internet as a result of numerous hacks and data breaches. Many individuals hand over information voluntarily to social media companies, who in turn sell it to third parties for targeted advertising. Writing in The New York Times, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Facebook, FARA, Foreign Agents Registration Act, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Russia, The New York Times

Comments to FEC on Potential Rulemaking on Internet Communications Disclaimers

PDF of letter available here Via Electronic Filing Att’n: Neven F. Stipanovic Acting Assistant General Counsel Federal Election Commission 999 E Street N.W. Washington, D.C. For the third time in six years, the Federal Election Commission (“FEC” or “Commission”) has requested comments “on whether to begin a rulemaking to revise its regulations concerning disclaimers on […]

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The Key to Fighting Foreign “Fake News” is More Speech, Not Less

Just over two months have passed since Facebook announced that Russian-linked accounts purchased advertisements covering a wide range of divisive topics during the 2016 presidential election. Since then, Facebook’s position at the forefront of the news cycle has been effectively secured – alongside Twitter, Google, YouTube, and Vladimir Putin. It was not long ago that […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Federal, Amy Klobuchar, Dianne Feinstein, Facebook, Google, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, John McCain, Mark Warner, Russia, Twitter

2016 Online Ad Spending in Perspective

In recent weeks, the use of online advertisements by Russia to meddle in the 2016 campaign has featured heavily in news stories. Those in favor of expanding the current regulatory framework would have you believe that the problem is great enough to warrant, even necessitate, government intervention. Check out the Institute for Free Speech’s newest […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ads, Advertising, Internet Ads, Internet Speech Regulation, Online Ads, Russia

Targeted Advertising is Neither a Problem Nor New

The evolving story about Russian intervention in the 2016 elections has spurred Congress to fixate increasingly on online advertising. Organizations with suspected links to the Russian government ran ads on social media platforms like Facebook, where they spent about $100,000 on such content – a miniscule number compared to both domestic political spending online and […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ads, Advertising, Facebook, Internet Speech Regulation, Russia, Targeted Advertising

Analysis: “Honest Ads Act” Targets Americans, not Foreign Actors

Alexandria, VA –  The Institute for Free Speech today released an analysis of the “Honest Ads Act” (S. 1989) that says the bill would impose broad-based regulations on the political speech of Americans and do almost nothing to regulate foreign interference in elections. To read the analysis, click here, or go to: http://www.ifs.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2017-11-01_Legislative-Brief_Federal_S-1989_Honest-Ads-Act.pdf. “Legislation that responds to foreign meddling […]

Filed Under: Blog, Press Releases, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, S. 1989

Analysis of Klobuchar-Warner-McCain Internet Ads Legislation (S. 1989, 115th Cong.): So-Called “Honest Ads Act” Is Dishonest About Its Effects

PDF of Legislative Brief available here Analysis of Klobuchar-Warner-McCain Internet Ads Legislation (S. 1989,[1] 115th Cong.) So-Called “Honest Ads Act” Is Dishonest About Its Effects By Eric Wang, Senior Fellow[2] Introduction and Executive Summary Americans’ First Amendment rights to free speech are foundational to our open society, our democratic discourse, and our way of life. […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Comments, Disclosure Federal, External Relations Comments and Testimony, Federal, Federal Comments and Testimony, Amy Klobuchar, Foreign Agents Registration Act, Foreign Influence, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, John McCain, Mark Warner, Russia, S. 1989

Testimony of Allen Dickerson to the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Information Technology on Internet Speech Regulation

PDF of testimony available here Testimony of Allen Dickerson Legal Director, Center for Competitive Politics October 24, 2017 Thank you for the opportunity to provide written testimony, on behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP” or “Center”), to the Subcommittee on Information Technology of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. This subcommittee’s consideration […]

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Center for Competitive Politics Statement on Warner-Klobuchar ‘Dark Legislation’

Phantom bill would regulate Americans’ online speech more than it would target foreign interference Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released the following statement today on the press conference held by Senators Mark Warner and Amy Klobuchar to announce their “Honest Ads Act”: “Despite continuing to articulate provisions they purport are in their bill, […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Press Releases, Amy Klobuchar, disclaimers, Foreign Influence, Honest Ads Act, Internet Speech Regulation, Mark Warner

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.