Free Speech Project

The Free Speech Project—a collaborative effort between Future Tense and the newly launched Tech, Law, & Security Program at American University Washington College of Law—will examine the many ongoing debates about free speech (and its boundaries) in a series of live events and articles published on Slate over the course of the year. The project is an open-minded and far-reaching inquiry, posing questions and seeking reflections from diverse perspectives. We will put the issues into a historical context, revisit the strengths of traditional free speech doctrine, look at the evolving regulation of political ads, address thorny issues of intermediary liability, examine the roles of foreign censors and foreign platforms, consider the harms speech can inflict on vulnerable communities, and ask whether the First Amendment needs an update.

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