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Nathaniel Persily
Nate Persily

Nathaniel Persily

Professor, Stanford Law

Nate Persily is a professor at Stanford Law School and the director of the Stanford Project on Democracy and the Internet. His scholarship and legal practice focus on American election law, which addresses issues such as voting rights, political parties, campaign finance, redistricting, and election administration. Persily’s current work, for which he has been honored as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, examines the impact of changing technology on political communication, campaigns, and election administration.

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Nathaniel Persily speaks about social media and democracy at The National Constitution Center.

Thursday, May 3, 2018
"Excerpt #3: What Did Silicon Valley Do to Democracy and the Media? A Conversation with Franklin Foer and Nate Persily on Monday, November 13, 2017 in Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University"
Thursday, November 30, 2017

"I don't think the platforms in their heart of hearts would like to keep Alex Jones on," said Nathaniel Persily, a professor at Stanford Law School. "But it's difficult to come up with a principle to say why Alex Jones and not others would be removed."

Friday, August 10, 2018
"Social networks and search engines serve as tools for all aspects of life, not merely as context-specific instruments for politicians or voters. The intersection of these tools with the democratic process is critically important, but a small part of what they do."
Friday, March 1, 2019

"The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC is one of its most unpopular in history. It is also one of the most misunderstood. Critics tend to see in Citizens United a cliff-jump into an abyss of unlimited political money, a descent that was well underway sometime before. In reality, the case represented a turning point in a different sense: It sounded the death knell for traditional, television-based campaigning and presaged a world of unregulated and unregulatable online political communication."

Friday, March 1, 2019