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First Five Now: How the First Amendment Protects Anonymous Speech
May 10 @ 2:00 pm EDTFree
Anonymous speech has played an influential role in American society. It allows people to share unpopular political viewpoints, enables whistleblowers to expose corrupt business practices and empowers citizen journalists to document injustice, all with less fear of reprisal.
But anonymity can also lead to defamation, harassment and online crimes.
Join us for an exploration of the tradeoffs between the right to hide identity and the harms of anonymity with Jeff Kosseff, author of the new book, “The United States of Anonymous: How the First Amendment Protects Online Speech.”
Learn how the First Amendment has protected the right of anonymity, how the Internet has changed the rules and why Kosseff says we must maintain a strong, if not absolute, right to anonymous speech.
Kosseff is associate professor in the United States Naval Academy Cyber Science Department and the author of the bestselling book, “The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet.” He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and a recipient of the George Polk Award in national reporting.
This program will premiere May 10 at 2 p.m. EDT on our YouTube channel.
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