Conferences and publications

Research on freedom of expression on the Internet

Freedom of expression on the Internet

Michael Klos is affiliated to the Department of Jurisprudence of Law (Leiden University) where he researches freedom of expression on the Internet.

His dissertation focuses on the question of how regulating (among other things) ‘social media companies’ (so-called internet intermediaries) relates to legal core concepts such as sovereignty, the rule of law and democracy.

Klos focuses on modern and less modern phenomena such as hate speech, online terrorist propaganda and ‘fake news’ or disinformation (disinformation).

Social media companies (internet intermediaries)
Michael Klos talks about his research on freedom of expression on the internet
Michael Klos on World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg on 7 November 2019. Foto: © Pascal Bastien

World Forum for Democracy 2019

Michael Klos was invited speaker at World Forum for Democracy 2019 from 6-8 November 2019 in Strasbourg. As discusser for ‘LAB 8 – Social media freedom and accountability’ Klos commented on three initiatives aimed at increasing the transparency and accountability of social media companies.

More information on the website of Leiden University.


11 July 2019: ‘Westphalian sovereignty after the fourth industrial revolution: In search of legitimate governmental control over the internet (IVR 2019, special workshop 11 on Democracy and Globalization)

5 October 2018: ‘Responsibility to publish: balancing privacy and freedom of expression’ (Amsterdam Privacy Conference 2018) (Handle)

Other publications

Ellian A., Cliteur P.B., Molier G. & Klos M. (2018), The Open Society and its Closed Communities, Leiden/The Hague: Leiden University. (Handle)