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Arianna Huffington to Discuss First Amendment Online Issues on Feb. 22


Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington will be at Yale Law School on Monday, February 22, to talk about issues related to the First Amendment online. The talk is part of Yale Law School’s Liberty Tree First Amendment Online Colloquium, a series of discussions organized by the Yale Information Society Project and the Knight Law and Media Program. Huffington will speak at 4:00 p.m. in the Law School auditorium. The event is open to the Yale University community only, and Yale University ID will be required for admittance.

Huffington launched The Huffington Post news website in May 2005. She is also a nationally syndicated columnist and co-host of the nationally syndicated public radio program, “Left, Right & Center.” She is author of numerous books, including Right is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe and On Becoming Fearless...In Love, Work, and Life. She holds an M.A. in economics from Cambridge University.

Yale ISP Executive Director Laura DeNardis said, “Our First Amendment freedoms are increasingly exercised in online environments such as social networking platforms, the blogosphere, digital government archives, and even Google books. Freedom of expression in these platforms is increasingly determined by the design of technical architecture or by the policies of corporations that run these platforms. Through this colloquium series, we’re hoping to build awareness of First Amendment issues in these emerging digital contexts.”

The series is sponsored by the Liberty Tree Initiative, McCormick Foundation, and the First Amendment Center. In addition to Huffington, upcoming speakers include David Post, who will speak on Protected Political Speech in Email on April 9 at noon; and Beth Noveck, who will speak on Open Government and the First Amendment in April. Frank Pasquale discussed Search Engine Law and the First Amendment on February 5.

The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School is an intellectual center studying the impact of the Internet and new information technologies on law and society. The Knight Law and Media Program examines the intersection of First Amendment law, media, and journalism.