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Internet Free Speech

The rapid growth of the internet and internet technologies created a renewed opportunity for citizens to be heard on a wide variety of issues, including their government, the corporations that have an increasing role in their economic security, and the unions that represent their labor interests.

Public Citizen has developed a program of litigation and other forms of advocacy which protects the rights of these ordinary citizens against those powerful entities who would seek to curtail or suppress the exchange of ideas and criticism that is enabled by this new technology.

  • Developments in Dendrite (PDF), another article Paul Alan Levy, published in Florida Coastal Law Review, examining developments in the caselaw governing subpoenas to identify anonymous internet speakers.
  • Introduction to Section 230 (PDF) - Internet Users Are Liable Only for Their Own Content – An Introduction to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

For assistance with the protection of your free speech rights, contact Public Citizen Litigation Group at or Public Citizen Litigation Group, 1600 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. A request for advice or assistance should contain a BRIEF description of the situation. If there are one or two highly relevant documents, attach them. For example, if you have been sued, include a copy of the complaint; if threatened with suit, include the demand letter. Be sure to include contact information. Do not send original documents.

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