In the United States, freedom of speech is secured by the First Amendment, which declares that Congress ‘‘shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.’’ The language of the First Amendment does not distinguish one medium of speech from another. Electronic free speech should be no less protected than speech on paper.

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Commentary

A Step toward Facebook.gov?

By Walter Olson. Reason.com. October 12, 2013.

International Public Broadcasting Can Come Home, But Do We Need It at All?

By Trevor Burrus. Daily Caller. July 17, 2013.

How Solid Is the NSA’s Legal Footing?

By Julian Sanchez. Bloomberg.com. June 11, 2013.

Cato Studies

Grading the Government’s Data Publication Practices

By Jim Harper. Policy Analysis No. 711. November 5, 2012.

If You Love Something, Set It Free: A Case for Defunding Public Broadcasting

By Trevor Burrus. Policy Analysis No. 697. May 21, 2012.

Publication Practices for Transparent Government

By Jim Harper. Briefing Paper No. 121. September 23, 2011.

Articles

Federal Spending Transparency: Unlocking the Power of Abstraction

Jim Harper. OMBWatch. May 20, 2010.

Freedom and Its Digital Discontents: A Comment

Thomas A. Firey. Economist (Online). March 29, 2008.

Public Filings

Riley v. California

By Jim Harper, Ilya Shapiro and Gabriel Latner. Legal Briefs. March 10, 2014.

Trudeau v. FTC

By Ilya Shapiro and Kathleen Hunker. Legal Briefs. August 1, 2012.

FCC v. Fox Television Stations

By Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. November 10, 2011.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Unveiling the Surveillance State

Policy Report. September/October 2013.

Events

Advanced Techniques for the New Twitter

Featuring . March 13, 2014. New Media Lunch.

A Rational Response to the Privacy ‘Crisis’

Featuring Jim Harper. January 23, 2013. Capitol Hill Briefing.

The Internet and Social Media: Tools of Freedom or Tools of Oppression?

Featuring Christopher A. Preble. February 25, 2011. Student Forum.