FAC Regularly holds public forums that bring lawyers, journalists and citizens together in venues from coast to coast to advance the discussion on government transparency, free speech and citizen engagement.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
FAC Executive Director David Snyder, Gene Policinski, COO of the Newseum Institute, and Susan Seager, columnist at TheWrap, joined TheWrap’s CEO and Editor in Chief Sharon Waxman at Mountain View’s Computer History Museum for a discussion on the fake news, the consequences of fake news, and the White House’s disdain for the media.