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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,…

Gilley v. Stabin

August 12, 2022   •  By Scott Blackburn   •  ,

A local university professor filed a federal lawsuit against an officer in the University of Oregon’s Division of Equity and Inclusion for blocking him ...

Big Tech’s court wins risk a big backlash against Section 230

August 8, 2022   •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

Within these victories, however, lie the seeds of disaster for the platforms — the possible repeal, or substantial alteration, of Section 230 of the ...

To Protect Free Speech, Social Media Platforms Must Stop their Overreach

August 3, 2022   •  By David Keating   •  ,

Assaults on the culture of free speech grow by the day. Unfortunately, much of the assault is coming from the major social media platforms. 

Testimony of Mr. Gary M. Lawkowski Before the House Committee on House Administration, Subcommittee on Elections

June 22, 2022   •  By Gary Lawkowski   •  , ,

Disinformation is a bit like driving.  We all think we are good at identifying what is true and what is not, and that the ...

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 ...

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