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First Amendment and Free Speech Online

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

That's it. That's all the United States Constitution's First Amendment actually says.

There's a lot in just those few sentences, and it's crucial to know when and how it applies to common situations. Especially given the widespread use of Social Media.

For examples of First Amendment arguments presented by constitutional law expert, Lata Nott, executive director of the Newsium Institute's First Amendment Center, follow this link:

Digital Identity Guidelines

"Digital Identity" is the unique representation of a subject engaged in an online transaction.

"Identity Proofing" establishes that a subject is actually who they claim to be. 

"Digital Authentication" is the process of determining the validity of one or more authenticators used to claim a digital identity. 

Authentication establishes that a subject attempting to access a digital service is in control of the technologies used to authenticate. For services in which return visits are applicable, successfully authenticating provides reasonable risk-based assurances that the subject accessing the service today is the same as the one who accessed the service previously. Digital identity presents a technical challenge because it often involves the proofing of individuals over an open network and always involves the authentication of individuals over an open network. This presents multiple opportunities for impersonation and other attacks which can lead to fraudule…