Reconciling Social Media & Democracy — Upcoming Mini-Symposium, 10/7/21, 1–5 pm ET

This will be a must-see event for those concerned about the difficult challenge of reversing the harms social media are doing to democracy. Hosted by Tech Policy Press, it brings together all sides of the debate in the Journal of Democracy that I reviewed and expanded on for Tech Policy Press, along with some other expert voices.

RSVP here.

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Topic: Reconciling Social Media & Democracy

Description: While various solutions to problems at the intersection of social media and democracy are under consideration, from regulation to antitrust action, some experts are enthusiastic about the opportunity to create a new social media ecosystem that relies less on centrally managed platforms like Facebook and more on decentralized, interoperable services and components.

In this mini-symposium, we will explore some of these ideas and critique them.

Participants include:

  • Tracy Chou, founder and CEO of Block Party, software engineer, and diversity advocate

Time: Oct 7, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The core idea of the proposals to unbundle and decentralize control of what is recommended or filtered into our newsfeed is not just that the dominant platforms have done a horrible job, causing great harm to our democratic process — but that this level of private power to control essential portions of our marketplace of ideas is incompatible with democracy, no matter how hard they try.

I am very pleased at having Justin Hendrix’s support in helping to organize this event for Tech Policy Press, and will be honored to be moderating portions of it.

Links to my summaries of the debate articles and my related work can be found on my blog.

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