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.

More on Free Speech and Technology


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Cato Studies

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

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


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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

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Policy Report. September/October 2013.


The 2014 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference

Featuring Julian Sanchez and Patrick G. Eddington. December 12, 2014. Conference.

Transparency Time: Wikipedia-Editing for Congress

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Advanced Techniques for the New Twitter

Featuring Kat Murti. March 13, 2014. Cato Digital.