FFO is a free speech watchdog dedicated to restoring America’s promise of a free and open Internet. Through educational reports, legal support, and public policy analysis of developing threats to digital liberties, we seek to provide nonpartisan insights and assistance to all peoples taking a stand for freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and the free exchange of ideas online.
FFO publishes original research on the threats to freedom of expression online, especially to political speech on social media. We are committed to supporting American digital freedom and holding our leaders accountable for censoring Americans and their first amendment rights online.
Our Executive Director, Mike Benz, is a former State Department diplomat responsible for formulating and negotiating US foreign policy on international communications and information technology matters. Mr. Benz founded FFO as a civil society institution building on his experience in the role of championing digital freedom around the world in the public sector.