Report: Freedom of Expression in Generative AI – A Snapshot of Content Policies

Download the report   By Jacob Mchangama and Jordi Calvet-Bademunt Summary Anyone who has tested generative AI with slightly controversial issues is now familiar with expressions such as “I’m unable to help you with that” (Google’s Gemini). Or “I’m not able to generate content that takes a stand on controversial historical or political issues” (Inflection’s […]

Booklaunch: Counterspeech – Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Countering Dangerous Speech

Date: 29 Feb 2024 17:00 – 19:00 Location: Online & Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge Register Future Free Speech have contributed with a chapter: Reimagining the Current Regulatory Framework to Online Hate Speech: Why Making Way for Alternative Methods is Paramount for Free Speech By Jacob Mchangama and Natalie Alkiviadou  Book […]

Background report: Empowering Audiences – Against Misinformation Through ‘Prebunking’

Download the report   Author: Michael Bang Petersen, Professor of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark  Executive Summary Exposure to misinformation can change people’s views but often the impact is limited because specific attitudes are often rooted in larger worldviews that are difficult to change. Nonetheless, exposure to misinformation can have a number of other adverse […]

Book chapter: Counterspeech – Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Countering Dangerous Speech

Description This volume looks at the forms and functions of counterspeech as well as what determines its effectiveness and success from multidisciplinary perspectives. Counterspeech is in line with international human rights and freedom of speech, and it can be a much more powerful tool against dangerous and toxic speech than blocking and censorship. In the […]

The Free Speech Recession Hits Home

Download the report Executive Summary The global landscape for freedom of expression has faced severe challenges in 2023. Even open democracies have implemented restrictive measures. The European Union’s Digital Services Act (DSA) exemplifies this trend, the European Commission’s aggressive enforcement of which has raised concerns among rights groups. The Commission demands the removal of content classified […]

Symposium on AI, Free Speech, and Human Rights – Key Takeaways

On October 12 and 13, 2023, The Future of Free Speech (FFS) and Vanderbilt University brought together in Nashville, TN, thought leaders, researchers, activists, and industry professionals from around the world to discuss the implications of emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology for freedom of expression and access to information. The event’s title was Symposium on […]

Article: Freedom of Expression and Social Conflict

Authors Christian Bjørnskov, Jacob Mchangama The association between freedom of expression – freedom of speech and the freedom of the media – and social conflict is theoretically ambiguous and politically highly contested. On one side of the debate, people argue that freedom of speech and freedom of the media create social conflict by giving people and […]

Public hearing on danish ban of improper treatment of objects of significant religious significance to a religious community

Read the public hearing (in danish)   Proposal L133: Arguments against its implementation Restricts freedom of expression: The proposal restricts freedom of expression, as it can be used to punish symbolic expressions critical of religions. This is contrary to the principle of freedom of expression, which is a central pillar of a democratic society and […]