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Nebraska Law Showcase 3: Gus Hurwitz on Information Theory & Free Speech

Season 1, Ep. 492

In this episode, Justin (Gus) Hurwitz, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecom Law Program at the University of Nebraska College of Law, discusses his article "Madison and Shannon on Social Media" and his work in progress "An Information Theory of Information Pollution." Hurwitz begins by explaining what information theory is and how it conceptualizes the transmission of information. He argues that information theory calls into question the "marketplace of ideas" theory of free speech, especially as the cost of publication approaches zero. Hurwitz's scholarship is available on SSRN. He is on Twitter at @GusHurwitz.

This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye.

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