First Amendment Podcast Archives

Search our archives here for WashingTECH Tech Policy podcast episodes related to freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and the First Amendment.

The Common Law History of Section 230 with Brent Skorup (Ep. 208)

The Common Law History of Section 230 with Brent Skorup (Ep. 208)

Brent Skorup (@bskorup) is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research areas include transportation technology, telecommunications, aviation, and wireless policy.

Should Americans Trust News on Social Media? with Elisa Shearer (Ep. 207)

Should Americans Trust News on Social Media? with Elisa Shearer (Ep. 207)

Elisa Shearer (@elisashearer) is a Research Associate at the Pew Research Center.

Harold Feld: How to Regulate Digital Platforms (Ep. 185)

How to Regulate Digital Platforms (Ep. 185)

Harold Feld is Public Knowledge’s Senior Vice President.

Jevan Hutson: How Racism in Online Dating Affects Economic Opportunities (Ep. 176)

How Racism in Online Dating Affects Socioeconomic Outcomes (Ep. 176)

Jevan Hutson (@jevanhutson) is a Gregoire Fellow at the University of Washington School of Law, where he researches technology policy, social computing, surveillance and privacy, and data ethics, and is an editor for the Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts.

Naeemah Clark: How to Define ‘Viewpoint Diversity’ in a Polarized America (Ep. 155)

Naeemah Clark: How to Define ‘Viewpoint Diversity’ in a Polarized America (Ep. 155)

Naeemah Clark (@NaeemahC)  is an Associate Professor of Communications at Elon University. She has edited the book, “African Americans in the History of U.S. Media,” co-authored a textbook, “Diversity in U.S. Mass Media,” published work in Journalism History, American Behavioral Scientist and has presented numerous papers at various conferences. 

Rebekah Tromble: How to Combat Misinformation (Ep. 154)

How to Combat Misinformation (Ep. 154)

Rebekah Tromble (@RebekahKTromble) is an assistant professor in the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where she teaches and conducts research on media and politics, digital research methods and ethics, and computational social science.

Racism Online — Detecting Stealthy Bigotry with Rijul Magu (Ep. 95)

Racism Online — Detecting Stealthy Bigotry with Rijul Magu (Ep. 95)

America’s History of Recalcitrance De jure discrimination Racism online is evolving in a way that is consistent with the way racism has always evolved–from explicit to subtle. Plaintiff-side civil rights lawyers have found it easiest to win — if civil rights cases can ever said to be “easy”– in cases in which they can convincingly demonstrate defendants’ explicit discriminatory policies. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the United States Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board

SLAPP Suits and Freedom of Speech with Laurent Crenshaw (Ep. 94)

SLAPP Suits and Freedom of Speech with Laurent Crenshaw (Ep. 94)

What is a SLAPP Suit? Let’s say you own a small business called “Policy Town Fajitas”. You think your business is second-to-none. You’ve invested in it–time, sweat, money and otherwise … But then, all of a sudden, one of your customers doesn’t fancy your business as much as you do. So they post a negative review about your business on a site like Yelp. They say your “chicken fajitas taste like pigeon and that’s how I know it’s not authentic Mexican food.” If you’re like most