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The Disrupters: Using Free Speech for Good and Evil


Myanmar migrants share their activities on social media.
Myanmar migrants share their activities on social media before going to a local protest against the military coup at a house in the outskirts of Bangkok, on Feb. 7. Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images

A look into the pros and cons of free speech online.

Social media has made it easier than ever to share ideas around the world and galvanize people into action. Host Nelufar Hedayat looks at the double-edged sword of free speech from the perspective of a social media influencer, a free speech lawyer, and two tech veterans who say todays tech companies wield too much power in determining what kinds of speech should be permissible.

About Course Correction:  Many of the world's biggest issues are also the most polarizing so in the second season of Doha Debates' podcast Course Correction, host Nelufar Hedayat is trying to open her mind — to people she disagrees with. Many of the world's biggest issues are also the most polarizing, so in each episode, Hedayat explores one of those topics and talks to people who challenge her views. She’ll talk to activists, authors, scientists and even a former head of state, looking for advice on how to be more inclusive of people whose views she opposes. And in each episode, she'll work to identify solutions and bridge gaps on divisive issues like reparations and race, COVID policy and the limits of free speech.  See All Episodes


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