Conference: Regulating the online public sphere – From Decentralized Networks to Public Regulation

Watch the stream from 2 days of talks and discussions: DAY 1 DAY 2 Time: 9:50am-4:30pm ET Day 2: 10:00am-4:30pm ET Place: Online (Registration needed). The stakes could not be higher for finding a solution for how to regulate the global public sphere, with the survival of modern democratic governance hanging in the balance. The […]

Conference: Laughing Matters? Humor and Free Speech in the Digital Age

  Negotiating the legal boundaries of free speech is a crucial challenge for democracy—especially so in the digital age, as potentially harmful material can easily gain pervasive circulation (Brison and Gelber 2019). Humor is a particularly demanding testing ground in this respect; while the right to humorous expression is vital to democratic societies, jokes can […]

The British Library: Freedom of the Press – The First Principle of News

Freedom of speech is hailed as the ‘first freedom’, the bedrock of democracy, but it is subject to erosion in times of upheaval. The British Library holds the earliest plea for free speech, Milton’s Areopagitica, which argues against censorship and in favour of ‘freedom to choose, for reason is but choosing’. But according to Freedom […]

Syracuse University: Is Free Speech Killing Democracy?

The State of Democracy Lecture Series welcomed Jacob Mchangama, Founder and Executive Director of Justitia, and host of the podcast Clear and Present Danger: a history of free speech. Justitia is Denmark’s first judicial think tank aiming to promote the rule of law and fundamental human rights and freedom rights both within Denmark and abroad. […]

Conference Yale University: Revisiting Defamation, Incitement, and Hate Speech in the era of Social Media

Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference 10 (2022) Friday, April 29 5:00 – 6:00 PM: SYMPOSIUM – JOURNAL OF FREE SPEECH LAW – Revisiting Defamation, Incitement, and Hate Speech in the era of Social Media • Jacob Mchangama & Natalie Alkiviadou, South Africa the Model? A Comparative Analysis of Hate Speech Jurisprudence of South Africa and the European Court of Human […]