Jasmine McNealy is an associate professor in the Department of Telecommunication, in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, where she studies information, communication, and technology with a view toward influencing law and policy. Her research focuses on privacy, online media, and communities. She holds a PhD in Mass Communication with and emphasis in Media Law, and a J.D. from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Science degree in both Journalism and Afro-American studies from the University of Wisconsin.

What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

The impact of power agnosticism on interpretations of free expression, as well as censorship/self-censorship of marginalized communities, and protecting anonymity.

Nani Jansen Reventlow is the founding Director of the Digital Freedom Fund, which supports partners in Europe to advance digital rights through strategic litigation. She is a recognised international lawyer and expert in human rights litigation responsible for groundbreaking freedom of expression cases across several national and international jurisdictions. Nani is a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers. She is an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she was a 2016-2017 Fellow, and has been an advisor to Harvard’s Cyberlaw Clinic since 2016.


What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

The impact (automated) content moderation has on marginalising the online speech of women, people of colour, and LGBTQI+ individuals and those situated in underrepresented linguistic, cultural and political contexts.

Sarah Jeong is a journalist and lawyer. She is currently an op-ed contributor at the New York Times. She is the author of The Internet of Garbage, and has bylines at the Verge, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and more. In 2017, she was named as one of Forbes's 30 under 30 in the category of Media. She was a Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale for 2016. Jeong graduated from Harvard Law School in 2014. As a law student, she edited the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender. 


What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

How slut-shaming in various forms is used to harass, silence, and even imprison journalists, particularly women journalists who are critical of their governments.

Heather Pickerell is a Harvard Law School 3L, originally from Hong Kong. She graduated from Harvard College in 2015. Prior to law school, Heather worked as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, where she served on a contract for the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. At HLS, she previously served as the Co-President of Lambda; she currently serves as the Executive Editor for Article Selection of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and a student attorney with Harvard Defenders. Heather will pursue a career in criminal justice reform after graduation, having spent her 1L summer at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project and her 2L summer at the Legal Aid Society Bronx Criminal Practice Division. 


What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

In my hometown, Hong Kong, a number of booksellers who sold books that criticized the Chinese government have gone missing. It appears that they have been extra-judicially kidnapped and detained in the mainland. 

April "Kit" Walsh is a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, working on free speech, net neutrality, copyright, and other issues that relate to freedom of expression and access to knowledge. She has worked for years to support the rights of political protesters, journalists, remix artists, and technologists to agitate for social change and to express themselves through their stories and ideas. 

What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

How rights on paper will not translate into rights in practice if exercising those rights depends on wealth or privilege. 


Danielle Blunt is an NYC-based Dominatrix, a full-spectrum doula and sex worker rights activist. Blunt is the co-founder of and organizer with Hacking//Hustling. She has her Masters in Public Health and researches the intersection of sex work and equitable access to tech from a public health perspective. She is a co-author of Hacking//Hustling's study on the effects of FOSTA-SESTA and the Removal of Backpage. She enjoys watching her community thrive and making men cry.

What’s a freedom of expression issue that you wish got more attention?

The way in which legislation like FOSTA-SESTA and the EARN IT Act are passed and proposed purporting to protect vulnerable communities, but what they actually do is carve away at freedom of speech online and create a chilling effect and increased exposure to violence in these already marginalized communities.

Initiative for a Representative First Amendment

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Header image is Justice, by Diana K. Moore, from outside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey. You can read more about the sculpture here.


The Initiative for a Representative First Amendment is a project of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic. We're proudly funded by the Legal Clinics fund.