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    "Fake News" - First Amendment, Free Speech and the Media

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         What does the term “fake news” really mean? The term became a common phrase during the 2016 election, most often used by Donald Trump as candidate and president, but now is used expansively in both political and media discussions. Journalists, social media outlets, politicians and the general public seem to use the phrase with various meanings and implications, so it's hard to determine its true impact on media, politicians and society at large.


         What can or should be done about it? What is the responsibility of traditional and social media? How does the 1st Amendment guarantee of free speech limit potential remedies? And do tech companies bear responsibility for containing it, and can they do so without bias or improper censorship?

    Join a panel of experts in media, politics and law as we address these questions and more. Hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce as part of its ongoing Public Policy Forums to help Chamber members and the public understand and engage in key issues impacting the business sector. This forum is generously sponsored by the ACLU-NC Midpen division.



    Victoria Baranatsky - Lawyer, journalist, and general counsel at The Center for Investigative Reporting, the nation’s first nonprofit investigative journalism organization.

    David Snyder - Lawyer, journalist, and Executive Director of the First Amendment Coalition, an award-winning, nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech, more open and accountable government, and public participation in civic affairs.

    Moderator: Bill Johnson - CEO, Embarcadero Media, and Publisher, Palo Alto Weekly

    Open to the Public

    $15 Chamber members $20 Non-members

    Check-in & lunch available at 11:45am, Program to begin at 12:00pm

    Pre-registration required by Tuesday, January. Space is limited to 100 so register early!

    Questions? Contact the Chamber at 650-324-3121 or info@paloaltochamber.com


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