We're excited to announce a partnership with MotionDebate.com!

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The NYCPF is excited to announce a new partnership with MotionDebate.com.

The Motion Debate hosts monthly live debates addressing current issues, where anyone can watch or participate. Learn skills and strategies used in competitive debate, and their application toward real-world situations.

Many important political subjects matters and public policies are highly debatable. At the Motion Debates, we exchange these views in an exciting live setting! Additionally, the audience members play an active role in: 1) during the live "Q&A" portion; and 2) registering their views during the pre-debate and post-debate stages.

The upcoming debates will include:

January 26, 2017
Is abundance of open information more harmful or good to society?

Feb. 22, 2017
Does the government have a duty to educate its citizens?


Debaters Avi Gurland-Blaker and Lenny Herrera earned this Motion's victory arguing for the pro side. Their points of contention included anti-democratic misuses of open source information, its paradoxical effect on an increasingly reclusive yet globally connected user base, and necessary regulation specifically targeting egregious misinformation used as fact.

Arguing for the con side were debaters Mike Walsh and Thomas Kim, who believe access to open source is a human right for us to spread liberal values and expose corruption. They discussed oppression in countries that enforce censorship, and hyperbole over perceived danger posed by open source platforms.