Jeff Kosseff

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Jeff Kosseff is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow for The Future of Free Speech. He writes about online speech, the First Amendment, and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. In 2023, Johns Hopkins University Press published his latest book, Liar in a Crowded Theater: Freedom of Speech in a World of Misinformation, which cautions against addressing the challenges created by misinformation through government regulation. He is also the author of The United States of Anonymous: How the First Amendment Shaped Online Speech, which examines and defends the U.S. tradition of anonymous speech, and The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet, which explores the history and future of Section 230. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Georgetown University Law Center, and clerked for Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a journalist at The Oregonian and was a recipient of the George Polk Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting.



Recent Commentary

Lawfare: Have Trouble Understanding Section 230? Don’t Worry. So Does the Supreme Court.

NYT: Social Media Is a Mess. Government Meddling Would Only Make It Worse.

Wired: The Internet Speech Case That the Supreme Court Can’t Dodge

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Media Citations

Law & Liberty: Free Speech Beyond the Marketplace

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Public Podcast: Jeff Kosseff: “Hey, Let’s Not Rethink The First Amendment”

So To Speak Podcast: “Liar in a Crowded Theater” with Jeff Kosseff

Reason Podcast: Why False Speech Deserves First Amendment Protections with Jeff Kosseff

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