In this episode of the podcast, Q talks with Ari Cohn, Free Speech Counsel at TechFreedom, an organization dedicated to understanding the impacts of technology on our society. They discuss social media's impact on American culture; the importance of protecting first amendment rights to speech, especially in our new communications landscape; and how we can both protect and assert ourselves online.
Ari is an experienced First Amendment and defamation attorney based in Chicago. A native of Skokie, Illinois, he developed an interest in First Amendment issues at an early age, and has dedicated his career to protecting civil liberties from government intrusion. Prior to opening his own practice, Ari served as director of the Individual Rights Defense Program at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), where he defended the free speech rights of students and faculty members at colleges and universities and co-authored amicus briefs to state and federal courts across the country on vital First Amendment issues. Before joining FIRE, Ari was a litigation associate at the Chicago office of Mayer Brown LLP, where he represented multinational businesses in high-stakes commercial litigation.
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