The Future of Free Expression Online in America


The exponential rise of hate speech, fake news, and terror content has led to growing pressure for major internet platforms and governments around the world to regulate greater amounts of online content, while also upholding free speech principles. In the U.S., the First Amendment limits the ability of the U.S. government to regulate online speech and as a result, vital free expression decisions are left in the hands of internet platforms themselves. What best practices should these companies follow? What role, if any, does government have to play?

Join New America’s Open Technology Institute and the First Amendment Coalition for a wide-ranging panel discussion on the future of online speech in the U.S. Lunch will be served.

Follow the conversation online using #FutureofSpeechOnline and following @OTI.


Francella Ochillo, @FranOchillo
Executive Director, Next Century Cities

Shaarik Zafar, @Shaarik
Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Sharon Bradford Franklin
Director of Surveillance and Cybersecurity Policy, New America’s Open Technology Institute

David Snyder
Executive Director, First Amendment Coalition


Cat Zakrzewski, @Cat_Zakrzewski
Tech Policy Reporter, The Washington Post