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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,…

10 Things for Elon Musk to Do at Twitter

May 9, 2022   •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

If Mr. Musk is serious about making the social-media behemoth a force for free speech, here are 10 things he can do:

The Disinformation Panic

May 3, 2022   •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Hearst and his rival, Joseph Pulitzer, sensationalized, exaggerated, and outright lied to millions of Americans daily in the lead up to the Spanish-American War, ...

Biden’s “Disinformation Governance Board” Isn’t Even Trying to Earn Americans’ Trust

April 29, 2022   •  By Luke Wachob   •  ,

What is the Biden administration thinking? Creating a “Disinformation Governance Board”? Bad idea. Placing it inside the Department of Homeland Security? Bad idea. Choosing a ...

NetChoice v. Paxton

March 18, 2022   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  , ,

Our nation has a rich history of respecting private businesses’ expressive rights, while acknowledging that sometimes their centrality to the operation of civic life ...

President Biden Asks Congress to Censor Political Speech in First State of the Union Address

March 9, 2022   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  , , , , , ,

The State of the Union address is the president’s yearly opportunity to discuss solutions to the nation’s toughest problems before Congress. In President Joe ...

Exposing Donations to Political Causes Can Chill Free Speech

February 28, 2022   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  , , , ,

Americans should take two lessons from these unfortunate events. First: The right to support causes privately and keep our associations to ourselves is important ...

LTE: Who Knew I Was Friends With Bull Connor?

January 23, 2022   •  By David Keating   •  , , , ,

Much of the Freedom to Vote Act has nothing to do with voting. Nearly 200 pages of it propose an unprecedented assault on free ...

Facebook strikes a blow against free speech

January 17, 2022   •  By Nathan Maxwell   •  ,

Beginning Jan. 19, Facebook will no longer allow advertisers to identify users based on their interactions with content related to "health, race or ethnicity, ...

Political “Deepfake” Laws Threaten Freedom of Expression

January 5, 2022   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

Recently, politicians have become concerned about potential widespread distribution of “deepfakes” of candidates and public officials. But, as history has shown, punishing false or ...

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 ...

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