Columbia University

For Support Of The Knight First Amendment Institute At Columbia University

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  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    12 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
The health of our democracy relies upon adapting First Amendment protections to the evolving needs of society, a challenge that will require special vigilance and creativity in this new century. The digital age presents a new set of threats to the freedom of expression and access to information, whether from a government concerned about national security or private companies focused upon consumer privacy. The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University will conduct research, engage in public debate, and pursue strategic litigation for the purpose of preserving broad First Amendment rights. The institute comes into being at a moment when the transition to digital media has left many of the businesses that traditionally went to court to protect these rights without the same level of financial resources to do so. The Knight Institute has been founded to help fill this void just as the need for such advocacy is intensifying.
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