Free speech is perhaps the most fundamental attribute of a liberal democracy. In our Constitution the idea is enshrined in the very First Amendment of our Bill of Rights. But what is the status of free speech in the digitally interconnected global community we now find ourselves living in? What principles should govern a connected world where speech is at once imperiled and too easy to use to do harm? Timothy Garton Ash, in his book Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World (Yale, 2016), provides an informative and bracing defense of free speech liberalism in the Internet age. The book is part of an ambitious project inaugurated by Garton Ash at Oxford University: an international, multilingual forum to discuss free speech controversies. The forum has proposed ten principles to deal with issues such as censorship, social media, violence and terrorism, lies and deliberate misinformation, religious freedom, hate speech, privacy, secrecy, etc. An associated website – freespeechdebate.com – contains thousands of entries, in thirteen different languages, dealing with a range of free speech related topics from around the world. Join us as we discuss how this fundamental freedom can be secured and cultivated in a rapidly changing world.