Freedom of Speech

Lee C. Bollinger
A new book celebrates the 100th anniversary of the formative free-speech cases and warns of new threats to freedom of expression in the digital age.

The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University was created in early 2017, to preserve and expand First Amendment rights in the digital age through research and education. It also supports litigation that promotes the protection of freedom of expression and the press.

headshots of Steve Coll, Dana Canedy, Jameel Jaffer,  Kyle Pope

Steve Coll, Journalism School Dean; Dana Canedy, Pulitzer Prize Administrator; Jameel Jaffer, Director, Knight First Amendment Institute; and Kyle Pope, Editor in Chief, Columbia Journalism Review.

This fall, Columbia News sat down with four of the University’s leading experts on journalism and free speech to discuss the challenges facing the industry and the First Amendment as well as the state of the news media and what the future might hold.
Lee Bollinger
Today, Columbia provides a multidisciplinary platform for teaching, research and advocacy on the fundamental challenges facing a free press in a digital age.

Tim Wu, the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, is perhaps best known for coining the term “net neutrality,” the idea that internet service providers should treat all data equally and not block, speed up or slow down traffic based on their own agenda.

Lee C. Bollinger in a navy blue suit standing in front of desks.

Photo by Eileen Barroso

Only a few blocks of Broadway separate Columbia’s classic Morningside Heights campus from the transparent glass and steel structures on the University’s new campus in Manhattanville, but the contrast between the two signifies more than a shift in architectural styles.

President Lee C. Bollinger delivered this address to incoming first-year undergraduates and their families on Monday, August 29, 2016.
The right to know is so ubiquitous today that it’s hard to imagine a time when citizens, consumers and patients had no access to information we now consider basic.

Columbia awarded its first Global Freedom of Expression Prizes to courts in Turkey and Zimbabwe and to a U.K.-based legal services organization in recognition of their contributions to free speech and a free press.

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