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Facebook Whistleblower: Frances Haugen

16 September 2022
1.00pm – 2.00pm AEST
Law Theatre, UNSW Sydney
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Frances Haugen


In 2021 Frances Haugen, former product manager turned Facebook whistleblower, released tens of thousands of internal documents from Facebook. Haugen also testified before the US Senate to demonstrate how Meta (Facebook) repeatedly put profit before public welfare and safety. Leadership of the company vigorously denied her accusation that it values profits over people and argued that they continue to employ staff and research programs dedicated to ensuring the safety of everyone who uses the platforms. 

With almost half the people in the world using Meta’s platforms the impact of social media on contemporary society cannot be underestimated.  

So what can we do to make social media accountable and transparent in a climate of misinformation in the digital age?  

Frances Haugen will share lessons from her time at Facebook, and insights into what it will take to reform today's tech giants to build social media that brings out the best in humanity. In conversation with Lyria Bennett Moses, Director of the UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation at UNSW Sydney, they will explore the ways in which law can hold tech giants to account in order to ensure that technology meets the needs of its users and the broader society. 

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and UNSW Law & Justice as part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas


Please note this is a live event and is only open to current UNSW Sydney students, alumni, staff and invited industry colleagues.

Law Theatre (G04) is located within the UNSW Law Building (F8) at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus (refer to this map). Please note this is a live event only, and will not be available via livestream.


The health and safety of our patrons is our top priority. This event will abide by the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry and check back here for updated information prior to the event.  

  • Do not attend the event if you feel unwell, have recently experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

  • Face masks are recommended.







Wheelchair Access

The closest accessible drop off point to the Law theatre (G04) is the north entrance (F8 on map). Vehicles need to arrive via High Street, Gate 2, follow down International Road. There is an entrance at the north and south side of the building. The closest accessible parking is available in the Barker Street parking station (N18) or the Western Campus Car Park on Anzac Parade (G2 on map). 

Assisted Listening
The Law threatre has a hearing loop. Patrons wishing to utilise this need to simply switch their hearing aid to the T (Telecoil) setting to pick up on the wireless signal. 

Auslan & Captioning 
Auslan interpreting services and/or live captioning can be provided for selected talks upon request. 

To discuss access requirements and book selected services, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email


The Law theatre is easily accessible via public transport. Call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit

Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’. For more information head here


For all enquiries, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. Internet relay users, visit, then ask for 02 9065 0485. 

Andrew Lynch

Andrew Lynch (Introduction)

Professor Andrew Lynch is Dean at UNSW Law & Justice. He has previously served as Head of School and Deputy Dean. He teaches and researches in the field of Australian constitutional law. His research concentrates on the topics of federalism, judicial dissent, judicial appointments reform, and legal responses to terrorism. 

Andrew is an author of Blackshield & Williams’ Australian Constitutional Law and Theory (6th ed, 2014; 7th ed, 2018), Australia's Greatest Judicial Crisis - The Tim Carmody Affair (2016), Inside Australia’s Anti-terrorism Laws and Trials (2014), What Price Security? Taking Stock of Australia’s Anti-Terror Laws (2006), and Equity and Trusts (2001 and 2005). He is a co-editor of the books Law and Liberty in the War on Terror (2007), Counter-Terrorism and Beyond: The Culture of Law and Justice After 9/11 (2010), Tomorrow’s Federation: Reforming Australian Government (2012) and the editor of Great Australian Dissents (2016). 

Between 2008-2013, Andrew was the Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW and he continues to work on research housed within the Centre’s Judiciary Project. He is a member of the Council of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.