What is Free Speech in the Age of Social Media?

7:00 PM Tuesday, April 25, 2017 The Commons

Amid a changing social landscape of connectivity and communication, the legal and societal landscape of what is meant by 'free speech' may be shifting as well. The First Amendment guarantees free speech, but what are the substance and forms of that protection in the age of social media? As the use of social media in daily life grows exponentially, we consider what free speech and privacy mean in an era of immediate and unfettered access to wide dissemination, and whether there are new rules that characterize social engagement and free expression today. 

This event is sponsored by The Commons, the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications, and the Office of the Provost

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  • Frank LoMonte, Executive Director, Student Press Law Center
  • Amy Gajda, Associate Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School
  • Stephen R. McAllister, E.S. & Tom W. Hampton Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law
  • Deanell Reece Tacha, Moderator, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, Pepperdine University

Order of Events

  • 7:00pm Opening Remarks, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little
  • 7:10pm Introductions, Deanell Reece Tacha
  • 7:20pm Remarks, Stephen R. McAllister
  • 7:35pm Remarks, Amy Gajda
  • 7:50pm Remarks, Frank LoMonte
  • 8:05pm Questions for the Panel, Deanell Reece Tacha
  • 8:25pm Questions from the Audience, Moderated by Deanell Reece Tacha
  • 9:00pm Closing Remarks
Of interest to:
General Public
Data & Democracy