Public Event



FAC holds public forums to tackle some of the most pressing free speech and government transparency issues of the day. Events are free, on-the-record and open to the public.


December 5th discussion about the year's threats to free speech and a free press

David Snyder, executive director of FAC; Jim Ewert, general counsel of the California News Publishers Association; Victoria Baranetsky, general counsel of the Center for Investigative Reporting; Audrey Cooper, editor-in-chief of the San Francisco Chronicle; Noah Griffin, columnist. READ MORE

Past Events

Join us for a Digital Townsquare

The Future Of Online Speech In An Age Of Hyperpartisanship​

Oct. 10, 2019

Social media platforms face intense and growing pressure to rein in misinformation and extremist content. On the left, presidential candidates are threatening to break up Big Tech while the right has pushed to alter Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — a foundation of the modern Internet. With the tech giants facing a nearly impossible balancing act, will free speech suffer? Has it already? 


What Happened to The ‘Golden Age of Free Speech’?

Dec. 6, 2018

A conversation that explores how to promote and protect free expression in this environment. What role should the new “gatekeepers”—Google, Twitter and Facebook—play? What ways can people sort through the chaos to find reliable information? How can we protect the rights and values guaranteed by the First Amendment in an era when public speech has essentially become privatized?

Oct. 3, 2018

FAC joined with KQED Public Radio and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism to host a candid conversation among both reporters and observers, who will reflected on how we got here, what responsible journalism’s response to Trump’s rhetoric should be, and most importantly, what journalists can do now to combat the anti-press agenda and restore public trust in the post-truth age.

July 17, 2018

FAC, Bloomberg and Electronic Frontier Foundation hosted a discussion regarding the future of free speech when private companies like tech giants Google, Facebook, and Twitter are charged with policing communications on the Internet?  Since the First Amendment doesn’t apply to private companies, they’re left to decide for themselves what to allow and what to censor.

Fake News

Fact or Fiction?: How to Combat Disinformation in the Digital Age

May 10, 2018

FAC, New America and Slate’s Future Tense met in Washington DC to address the First Amendment challenges that arise when policymakers call for limits on speech and greater involvement by tech companies in policing online content. Are these steps the answer? Or should we be developing a long-term strategy for educating Americans and honing their media literacy skills.

Credit: UC Berkeley, University Archives, Photo By Don Kechely, 11-20- 1964

Trolls, Tweets and Free Speech: The First Amendment on Campus

April 18, 2018

Southern California Public Radio’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez and FAC’s David Snyder hosted a conversation with panelists on how college administrators protect free speech while also ensuring a safe environment in which students can learn and thrive? Has the increased use of social media affected the way we understand speech rights in the real world?