Task Force on Free Expression in the Digital Age

The Task Force on Free Expression in the Digital Age will examine how free expression has evolved in the digital age and, in particular, how the law has impacted – and can impact – this evolution. Each year, the Task Force will identify within the broader topic a single issue to examine in-depth over the course of a year. The Task Force’s paramount goal is to educate both the legal community and public through the annual examinations. Among other things, the Task Force intends to hold public hearings and open meetings; encourage the participation of local journalists, media organizations, academics, law students, and the bench and bar in committee programs and activities; and make recommendations regarding potential changes in the law and public policy.

The Economics of News Organizations in the Digital World, NYSBA News Release, September 13, 2019

Task Force on Free Expression in the Digital Age, Recording, September 16, 2019

State Bar Task Force Looks at Rise of News Deserts in Effort to Save Local Journalism, NYSBA News Release, September 16, 2019

FOIL and the Future of Local Journalism: Rethinking Access to Information in a Digital Age,
NYSBA News Release, October 11, 2019

Upcoming Event
FOIL and the Future of Local Journalism:Rethinking Access to Information in a Digital Age

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Syracuse University College of Law
Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom
Dineen Hall
950 Irving Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210
Live stream here.

If you plan to attend in person, please register here.


New York State Bar Association Announces Groundbreaking Initiative to Support and Save Local News Outlets, NYSBA News Release, June 11, 2019

NY Bar Association Launches Effort to Save Local News, Associated Press, June 11, 2019

N.Y. Bar Association Launches Task Force Aimed at Saving Local News, Associations Now, June 13, 2019

Bar association addresses journalism in digital age, Mid-Hudson News, June 15, 2019

Task Force Roster