FEPP began in 2000 as a project of the National Coalition Against Censorship. Its purpose is to provide information, research and advocacy on free speech, copyright, and media democracy issues. The FEPP website is maintained by Marjorie Heins, who is solely responsible for its content.
In 2004, FEPP became part of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. In 2007, it became an independent project. Since the winter of 2008/2009, the FEPP website has been hosted by NCAC as part of NCAC’s effort to create a comprehensive clearinghouse of resources and materials on free expression, in one place that is easily accessible to students, artists, scholars, teachers, and the general public.
FEPP’s primary areas of inquiry are:
- Restrictions on publicly funded expression – in libraries, museums, schools, universities, and arts and humanities agencies;
- Internet filters, rating systems, and other measures that restrict access to information and ideas in the digital age;
- Restrictive copyright laws, digital rights management, and other imbalances in the intellectual property system;
- Mass media consolidation, public access to the airwaves, and other issues of media democracy;
- Censorship designed to shield adolescents and children from controversial art, information, and ideas.
Visit the Free Expression Policy Project website.