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Internet Speech: A Boon to Civic Engagement

January 1, 2018  •  By IFS Staff  •    •  

The internet is an empowering and diversifying medium capable of uplifting marginalized voices. It has allowed more Americans to meaningfully participate in political dialogue and access more information and speech than ever before. It has enabled the average person to initiate and participate in movements for political and social change and to challenge power and authority. In the internet age,…

This “Free Speech Week,” Senate Dems Vote for Political Speech Restrictions

October 21, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , , , ,

Some federal lawmakers have stopped at nothing this year to advance their bundle of political speech restrictions, now as S. 2747, the so-called “Freedom ...

The Freedom to Vote Act is remarkably anti-voter

October 19, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , ,

Yet, the so-called Freedom to Vote Act, which is expected to receive a vote in the Senate this week, would restrict our right to ...

Davi v. Hein

October 8, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

This amicus brief, filed jointly with the Cato Institute, affirms the broad First Amendment rights of government employees when they speak on matters of ...

Almost Half the Country Wants Government to Restrict Misinformation – Other Half Has Read Orwell

October 5, 2021   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

A Pew Research Center survey conducted this summer revealed that 48% of the country believes the government should step in to restrict false information ...

NetChoice v. Attorney General, State of Florida

September 14, 2021   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

Florida’s law regulating social media platforms provides beneficial consumer protection measures that promote free expression and individual autonomy. But Florida’s law goes too far ...

When the Government Tries to Silence Its Own Employees

August 23, 2021   •  By Daniel Ortner   •  , ,

The First Amendment protects the right of Americans to speak freely on social media without fear of government retaliation or punishment. But employees of ...

Facebook Makes its Community Standards Worse for Speech, Again

August 12, 2021   •  By Alec Greven   •  ,

Facebook recently made further revisions to its Community Standards that threaten a sweeping amount of political speech across the ideological spectrum. These new standards ...

A Biden-Zuckerberg Alliance Against “Misinformation” Should Scare Everyone

July 16, 2021   •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

On Thursday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed that the Biden administration is in “regular touch” with social media platforms to identify ...

The Truth About “Microtargeting” and Political Speech: Why a Ban Is a Bad Idea

May 25, 2021   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

Targeting tools for online ads have become cheap, easy to use, and effective. This has yielded tremendous benefits for political speech and association. Some ...

Benefits of “Microtargeting”: Why Online Ad Targeting Tools Are Good for Free Speech and Democracy

May 25, 2021   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

Targeted online ads are an essential tool for Americans seeking to join forces with fellow citizens to make their voices heard. Now, some propose ...

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