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FORDHAM LAW SYMPOSIUM: Terrorist Incitement on the Internet
On April 7, 2016, the Fordham Law Review will host a major conference on the First Amendment and the limits it sets on the regulation of terrorist speech on the Internet. Participants will discuss one of the most pressing dilemmas of our day about the balance between speech and national security concerns.
Constitutional protections on the expression of ideas entitle users of social media to speak without state interference, yet terrorist organizations exploit the Internet for nefarious purposes. At stake is government’s duty to protect communicative liberty while shoring up national security against terrorist schemes of recruitment, solicitation, indoctrination, and incitement. The event will be of interest to the law school community, news media, politicians, and academics around the country. The gathering will include leading luminaries on speech and national security to reflect on these two competing interests—the first libertarian in its treatment of free speech and the second defense oriented..