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06/22/2017
/r/KotakuInAction is a branch of the GamerGate movement that congregates on reddit for our
discussions on Gaming, Ethics, Journalism, and Censorship.
Here at /r/KotakuInAction, we are greatly indebted to Professor Volokh for his amicus briefs in
the Van Valkerburg v. Gjoni case. For many of our members, this case was an introduction to the
incredible depth and nuance of the First Amendment, and was made very approachable by Volokh’s
clear and passionate writing on this case. At a time when it was unpopular, distasteful, or even
dangerous to defend Gjoni publicly, Volokh found the case interesting and was willing to lend his voice
in both a legal setting, and to a widespread audience through articles on his blog, the Volokh Conspiracy.
Although the case was ultimately dismissed as moot, we would like to use this opportunity to formally
thank him for his support and coverage.
In addition to that previous work, his repeated defense and explanation of First Amendment
Law is has been exceptionally important this year as the popularization of "hate speech is not free
speech" has spread. This is most clear in this response to Gov. Dean's
words: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/04/21/no-gov-dean-thereis-no-hate-speech-exception-to-the-first-amendment/?utm_term=.a6d2dea51fd7
We also appreciate his insights and discussion of the topic of Free speech as we move to an
increasingly digital age. At a time when many other writers are discussing the topic of VR as a potential
danger to women and minorities, Professor Volokh discusses the topic from a First Amendment
perspective beginning at 12:40: https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-eugene-volokh-and-newfrontiers-in-the-first-amendment/ and provides additional commentary on the recently concluded case
about the intersection of technology and First Amendment rights.
As a result of his work in fields that we have struggled to find notable allies
in, /r/KotakuInAction would like to reiterate our gratitude to Professor Volokh and nominate him for the
Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award.
Endorsed and Nominated by:
itsnotmyfault,
Split16,
RangerSix,
Aurondarklord,
Chriss_m,
and many others who voted anonymously.


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